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Where is Jose (W)Aldo? He's right here and he's going off on everything that's happened in his entire life since he lost to Conor McGregor.

Max Holloway did it. He racked up more wins than Aldo has UFC fights, and finally clasped featherweight gold around his waist, albeit interim. He was immediately positioned for a fight with Aldo to unify the titles tentatively at UFC 208, but that's not going to happen. Why?

"First, I heard [Max Holloway] twisted his ankle and wouldn't have time to heal. Then I heard he had a trip booked to Disney World with his kids and he wouldn't be able to reschedule," Aldo said to Ariel Helwani for MMA Fighting. "Then I heard his gym is closed during the holidays and he wouldn't have enough time to train. So, he's basically going around, talking a lot of trash, saying a lot of bullshit and acting like a punk. He's just talking shit."

"I just want to be very clear: Me, Jose Aldo, I don't turn down fights. I don't turn down opponents. I don't choose opponents," Aldo said. "So, there's a lot of shit now being talked by Holloway, saying I don't show up. That couldn't be further from the truth. There's a lot of people turning down fights against me in Brooklyn, and Holloway is one of them."

There it is. Holloway is evidently injured and cannot make the February 11th date of , so Aldo goes off on him. The puzzle pieces start fitting together much better on why and Germaine de Randamie was rushed out of nowhere for the women's featherweight title when wanted to wait until March. UFC needed a main event.

If this was a television show, this would be the moment where the scene stops and Holloway would break the fourth wall and address the audience in person. Since this is just an article, you'll just have to use your imagination that Holloway is interrupting to respond.

“[Aldo] says he never turned down a fight — you never showed up to six of the fights. Great you never turned down a fight, now show up to the damn things. You pulled out of six fights. I don’t know he prides himself on ‘I never turned down a fight’ but then didn’t show up for six fights. Get out of here with that talk." Holloway said to FOX Sports. “It’s so funny. Aldo’s running his mouth now. I was running my mouth about him and he didn’t say sh-t. Then he finds out I can’t fight because I’m injured, he decides to open his mouth and run it. Get the hell out of here. He’s a little loud mouth now that he knows I’m not going be standing across the cage from him.”

Record scratch. Music stops. ...What? Now, that is something unexpected. In the midst of and negotiations for their presumed interim lightweight title bout, says it will actually go to him. Can we get a Maury lie detector test on everyone in the UFC?

"I believe they will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me. They've been trying to find me an opponent, and — surprise, surprise — at least one has already turned down the fight against me. I'm waiting to see who they will find," Aldo said. "They've asked me not to say anything. I won’t say who it is because it’s a surprise," Aldo said. "A guy we never thought would turn it down turned it down, because his father didn’t think it was good."

Either way, iMaxHolloway pulled out (even though he didn't sign a contract)? Nurmagomedov(?) refuses to fight Aldo? Now, Aldo is going to try and become a two-weight champion before fighting Holloway? Interim³? What in the hell is going on here?!i

Either way, it seems like Holloway doesn't really care if he fights Aldo at or not. And if Aldo is as much of a man of his word as he appears to be, then he will fight Holloway at some point down the line. Who knows, maybe instead of a rematch with at lightweight, Holloway can fight Aldo for the first time at lightweight. With all that said, Dana White says a lot of things that never happen and so does Aldo. After all of this convoluted talk, Aldo could fight Holloway to unify as early as April or May when Holloway heals up.

“Maybe the UFC told him he could fight Conor and he didn’t get to fight Conor so to make it up to him they’re saying he can try to do the same thing [and win two titles]. I don’t care. I’m going to fight him," Holloway said. "I’ve got my golden ticket to fight him and I can’t wait to go out there and get it done. I know how I worked to get here. I’m the more active one. This guy can runs his mouth as much as he likes but I’m going to see him sooner or later.”

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