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Max Holloway Still Believes Jose Aldo is ‘Greatest Featherweight of All Time’

After Saturday’s remarkable beatdown of the previously unbeaten Brian Ortega in the UFC 231 main event, it would’ve understandable if Max Holloway wanted to brag a little bit.
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Swanson Shoots Down Reports Of Aldo Rematch At UFC 233

Consider the gun officially jumped.

Cub Swanson will not be fighting Jose Aldo at the upcoming UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Anaheim, Calif., despite online reports suggesting the deal was already done. The part-time brewer did, however, express interest in that potential rematch at a later date.

Swanson and Aldo have fought just about everyone there is to fight on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster, including one another, thanks to more than a decade spent throwing hands in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Anyone else suddenly nostalgic for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC)?

Aldo (27-4) ran through Swanson in just eight seconds at WEC 41 way back in 2009, part of a ridiculous 18-fight winning streak that included two championship titles and nine violent finishes. “Junior” was eventually upended by Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and has since gone 2-2 with a pair of losses to current champion Max Holloway.

After his drubbing against Aldo, Swanson (25-10) rebounded to win eight of his next 10, but has recently fallen on hard times. “Killer Cub” is mired in a three-fight losing streak in which he was finished twice, including last August’s submission loss to Brazilian wunderkind Renato Carneiro.

Not sure if the promotion (or Aldo) would be interested in holding off until February, but I don’t hate this fight, considering where both combatants are in their respective careers.

Anyone disagree?

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Free Fight! Holloway Batters Aldo, Unifies Featherweight Titles

7DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway (L) battles  Jose Aldo of Brazil (R) during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Was Max Holloway for real?

Sure, the Hawaiian captured the promotion’s interim featherweight title, thanks to a scintillating performance against the depleted Anthony Pettis, but no fighter at 145 pounds was able to call themselves king without first uncrowning division champion Jose Aldo.

Just ask this guy.

“Blessed” needed three rounds of punishment but ultimately prevailed against The Brazilian when they went to war in the UFC 212 pay-per-view (PPV) main event back in June 2017, a fight the promotion recently released in its entirety (embedded above) to hype up Holloway’s next title defense.

Waiting for him in the UFC 231 headliner next month in Toronto is the unbeaten Brian Ortega (14-0), who earned his crack at the crown by stopping Frankie Edgar last March. They were originally paired off for UFC 226; however, Holloway (19-3) had some health issues that postponed the bout.

Now they’re prepared to try it again for all the marbles in an event that features the flyweight title fight between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. In fact, you can see the entire UFC 231 fight card and line up by clicking here.

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Aldo: UFC 229 Brawl With McGregor Wasn’t Khabib’s Fault

Out of all the fighters who have faced Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo was undoubtedly the one most affected by his mental warfare.

Aldo had to listen to Conor’s endless chirping as he rose up in the featherweight ranks. He had to endure an entire world tour’s worth of insults before their first cancelled bout, and then another round of media leading up to their fateful meeting at UFC 194 in 2015. All that endless trash talk led him to rush forward recklessly and get KO’d just 13 seconds into their fight.

So if anyone ‘gets’ the kind of anger that led to Khabib Nurmagomedov jumping the fence at UFC 229 and eagle stomping his way through McGregor’s corner, it’s Jose Aldo. Aldo shared his feelings on the matter with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto at UFC 230, saying he hoped Khabib got away without any punishment at all over the incident.

”I understand the reaction of Khabib,” Aldo said through a translator. “No, it’s not his fault, we shouldn’t blame him for his actions because it’s the UFC letting McGregor do whatever he wants, in the past and here in New York. So it’s not Khabib’s fault. No time, no nothing for him.”

Unfortunately for Nurmagomedov, it’ll be the Nevada State Athletic Commission making the determination, and they’re liable to see things quite a bit differently than the honor-based Brazilian.

We’re now more than a month removed from the incident at UFC 229 that saw Khabib jump Dillon Danis and members of his entourage storm the cage to attack McGregor. A meeting is set for December 10th that will hopefully resolve everything. Dana White has suggested a six month suspension as reasonable, which seems hopeful but not out of the question in a world where athletic commissions make their money off big fights in their jurisdiction.

With Khabib’s manager already promising mind blowing news, maybe they all know something we don’t. Maybe Jose Aldo’s reasoning is shared at least in part by the NSAC, who have dealt first hand with McGregor’s antics in the past. At this point, it’s hard to find many fans unwilling to let bygones be bygones if it means getting “The Eagle” back in the cage sooner rather than later.

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Jose Aldo Calls Out Conor McGregor for Rematch: ‘You Have Nowhere to Run’

Despite his loss at UFC 229, Conor McGregor is still in high demand as an opponent.
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Zabit Doesn’t Feel Pressure Ahead Of UFC 228, Eyes Aldo Or Mendes next

Streaking featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov is quickly becoming one of the most promising young contenders in UFC today.

The super-skilled Russian fighter has produced a 3-0 record since entering the promotion last year, while displaying outright dominance inside of the Octagon. While Magomedsharipov was expecting to fight featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez later this evening (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) at UFC 228 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, an injury forced “El Pantera” out of action and veteran Brandon Davis stepped in on short notice.

With the late change, “ZaBeast” now enters his UFC 228 main card clash with Davis as a ridiculous -1175 favorite. It’s a dangerous spot with limited upside for Magomedsharipov, but the 27-year-old remains confident across the board as he tries to cash in on his growing potential.

“It doesn’t pressure me at all,” Magomedsharipov told MMAjunkie ahead of UFC 228. “Actually that’s my goal, to be here, to get the title, the championship. It’s cool. It’s nothing that pressures me. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

“I’m this kind of person since I was a kid. I’m quiet, not emotional. I never expose my emotions that much. But all this attention and people recognizing me, that people start talking to me, it’s OK. I’m pleased with that. I’m OK with that. I’m cool.”

As far as Rodriguez goes, Magomedsharipov holds no hard feelings. He understands that it was a fight combat fans were drooling over, but also feels for his injured featherweight counterpart.

“Of course I was frustrated,” Magomedsharipov said. “It was sad to hear that he got injured. Many people were waiting for this fight. I was getting ready for this fight, I was calling for this fight, but it’s a part of the game. You cannot judge him. No one is protected from injuries. I can be injured tomorrow. He’s injured, and I only wish him the best and that he’s back as soon as possible, and maybe we can finish the history.”

A victory over Davis this weekend at UFC 228 will push Magomedsharipov’s promotional record to 4-0. That sort of success usually leads to a big step up in competition. While Zabit would be open to re-booking a bout with Rodriguez he also has his sights set on two of the biggest names in the 145-pound division.

“If everything goes fortunate Saturday night and I’ll do my best, if Yair is not coming back, I know that Chad Mendes is back,” Magomedsharipov said. “He’s one of the guys I wish to fight with, or Jose Aldo. I want to fight someone in the top three of the division.”

If Magomedsharipov is able to walk through Davis in fashion there’s no arguing that he deserves a top-flight featherweight contender. At that point, we’ll find out how far Zabit can climb the divisional ladder.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 228 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Pederneiras Calls For Aldo Vs. McGregor Rematch

With Jose Aldo back in the UFC win column after defeating Jeremy Stephens via TKO last month, head coach Andre Pederneiras is already brainstorming what’s next for the former featherweight champion.

While it’s going to take Aldo an additional victory or two to lock down another title fight — especially after losing to Max Holloway twice in the past 14 months — Pederneiras is already setting the bar high for the Brazilian’s final few fights.

If Pederneiras had it his way, UFC would book a rematch between Aldo and former UFC champion Conor McGregor. Remember, “Notorious” knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds nearly three years ago to claim the 145-pound crown.

“We can try to angle for a rematch, because I really did think it was unfair and I think most people thought it was unfair that there wasn’t a rematch,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie. “But, as far as Conor goes, he isn’t to blame. He may have turned it down, but the UFC had the power to tell him to fight. And they didn’t.

“I think the first fight didn’t really represent what the fight could have been – unfortunately for all of those who wanted to see it. So I’d choose Conor. Even though I don’t have anything against him.”

With McGregor already scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 it would take Aldo a very long time to get his hands back on the Irishman. It’s unknown if UFC would even be remotely interested in such a rematch, but given Aldo’s undying popularity in Brazil maybe it’s something that will surface in the future.

Despite finishing Aldo in 13 seconds back at UFC 194, Pederneiras still respects McGregor as a martial artist. The Brazilian coach believes McGregor isn’t the person he portrays to be leading up to a fight, but understands it’s all a show to bring in the big bucks.

“I think, behind that ‘artist,’ he’s a good person, who doesn’t represent the things he says,” Pederneiras said. “He talks a bunch of crap to get attention and sell. Outside of that, no, he’ll respect you whenever you meet up with him.

“I think that was that ‘artist,’ the way I see it. He knows he’s going to have to fight (Khabib Nurmagomedov) at some point. Since he knows that, why not start creating some chaos and start promoting it?”

If Aldo wants to get another crack at McGregor he may have to journey up to 155 pounds to do so. Aldo doesn’t have a lot of time left to make it happen considering the veteran is planning on retiring after his current UFC contract expires, so he must work quickly to regain the dominance he once possessed.

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UFC on Fox 30 Bonuses: Poirier, Aldo, Makdessi, Pearson Receive $50K Checks

Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo, John Makdessi and Ross Pearson all earned $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC on Fox 30.
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UFC on Fox 30 Bonuses: Poirier, Aldo, Makdessi, Pearson Receive $50K Checks

Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo, John Makdessi and Ross Pearson all earned $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC on Fox 30.
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UFC on Fox 30 Bonuses: Poirier, Aldo, Makdessi, Pearson Receive $50K Checks

Dustin Poirier, Jose Aldo, John Makdessi and Ross Pearson all earned $ 50,000 bonus checks for their work at UFC on Fox 30.
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