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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.

And he's not happy with Aldo for delivering some low blows when he was forced to pull out of the fight due to an injury.

“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.”

has had a history of pulling out of fights, his most recent being the time he pulled out of the fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 189, just weeks before the scheduled bout.

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).


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