Jose Aldo: “They will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me”

Newly crowned UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke to MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani last night and claimed that the rumoured title unification bout with interim champion Max Holloway at UFC 208 in Brooklyn is not happening and says he believes “they will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me”.

“This fight was set. We had told the UFC we wanted to fight on that date. For us, it was set. The UFC said, OK, and they asked that we not discuss it any further before UFC 206. I was told the winner of the Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis fight would be my opponent in Brooklyn, and my understanding was that both Holloway and Pettis were told the same thing before their fight. After that fight, Holloway said a bunch of different things. First, I heard he 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. 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 just talking shit.”

“No, the Brooklyn fight is not happening. I now expect and believe I will be fighting in early March. Either March 3 or March 4, I can’t remember. 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.”

Head over to MMAFighting to read all of the excellent wide-ranging interview with Aldo

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