UFC 212 Max Holloway: Aldo is ‘going into retirement’; Gifts soccer ball for new career

PHOTOGRAPH: Maddox/Wikimedia Commons | Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim featherweight champion Max Holloway will be headlining the UFC 212 event in Brazil for the title unification. In a media conference, Blessed revealed that he is planning to give Scarface a soccer ball as a preparation for his nearing retirement.

“I came with a soccer ball because the old boy said he wants to play soccer after he’s done fighting,” Holloway said during a media conference in Brazil, per Mike Bohn and Fernanda Prates of MMA Junkie. “Us Hawaiians, we like to give gifts, and this gift is for him. He’s going into retirement. It’s right here. He can have the ball, and we can get this fight going.”

The title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway will finally happen after months of negotiations between both camps. Aldo hasn’t fought inside the Octagon since beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. Since acquiring the interim featherweight belt, Aldo continues to campaign for a rematch against Conor McGregor.

UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway

Unfortunately, The Notorious showed no intention of fighting him for the second time. With McGregor’s failure to defend the featherweight title, the UFC forced him to relinquish his belt and automatically declared Aldo as the new featherweight champion. This gave Max Holloway the chance to become the interim featherweight champion after successfully defeating Anthony Pettis at UFC 206.

Instead of immediately scheduling a bout against Jose Aldo, Holloway decided to take a rest and spend more time with his family. Since then, Aldo and Holloway continue to throw insults until their UFC 212 bout became official. As most people think, Aldo has the advantage since the fight will take place in Brazil. Despite the 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor, Aldo remains as the most decorated featherweight in the history of MMA.

Max Holloway not worrying about Aldo’s homecourt advantage

However, Max Holloway isn’t heading to Brazil to please the crowd, believing he can knock out Jose Aldo. His decision to give Aldo a soccer ball isn’t only a way of taunting his opponent but also a way of showing how confident he is in winning the fight.

“I can’t wait to get in front of (the Brazilian) people,” Holloway said. “It would be stupid to think I wouldn’t be the bad guy coming to the fight. I’m the bad guy, and I’m embracing the role. He’s got to do his job. Show up June 3, and let’s get it done.

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