Interim featherweight champion Max Holloway knew when he won the interim title that he'd be facing featherweight champion Jose Aldo in 2017 at UFC 208. What he didn't know was how soon after his win that the fight was expected to happen, or that he'd be too injured to compete.
“This guy is the last guy who should be talking about injuries. This motherf-cker is the last guy that should be talking about injuries and being able to fight,” Holloway said to Fox Sports (h/t MMAWeekly). “I respect he’s a legend, he’s a legend of the sport, but he has seven title defenses and he pulled out of six of them. He’s almost got the same amount of pullouts as he does defenses.”
Aldo claimed that Holloway backed out of the fight because he had booked a trip to Disney World with his family — and not because he was injured.
“The next morning I woke (and) my (expletive) ankle was swollen as an elephant’s leg. I told the UFC ASAP what was up and I don’t know why they didn’t announce it, but I went to the doctors as soon as possible and I was told I can’t do nothing for four to six weeks,” he said.
So for now, the featherweight division is in limbo (and not due to McGregor for once).