Rogan: Why Holloway is the featherweight G.O.A.T.
Jose Aldo won the WEC featherweight championship in 2009 and defended it twice. When the UFC acquired control, he became the inaugural UFC featherweight champion, and defended it successfully seven times, rising to the #1 P4P spot in the official UFC rankings.
In 2015 he lost the belt to Conor McGregor in 13 seconds. When Notorious failed to defend, Aldo beat Frankie Edgar for the interim belt, and when McGregor won the lightweight title, the interim belt became undisputed. And then came Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway, who knocked Aldo out in Round 3. There was an immediate rematch on Saturday night, and Holloway knocked Aldo out in Round 3.
On the latest JRE MMA Show podcast, UFC commentator Joe Rogan argued that Holloway is now not the best featherweight today, he’s the best ever.
“Max Holloway’s performance was nothing short of masterful,” said Rogan as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Nothing short of masterful, the way he handled Aldo. He yelled at me after he got done with the first round, he looks at me and he goes, ‘The man is tired! The man is tired!’ He’s a motherf***er. Max Holloway is a real f***ing warrior, to the core. That guy relishes it, he loves it.
“When he was chicken-necking it at Aldo and he’s got his hands down and is talking s*** and stalking him, you could see it in Aldo’s face, like he was drowning. You could see the waves were coming and he knew he wasn’t gonna be able to dog-paddle for too long. Like, ‘Jesus Christ, how am I gonna be able to keep up with this guy?’
“He’s the baddest motherf***er. I think he’s the best 145er ever. He might not agree with it yet because of the record, which I see his point, but the way he fights, the octagon IQ that he shows, his fight IQ, his ability to find a weakness and see it, his predatory behavior inside the octagon, I think he’s the best. I really do. It’s so impressive to me.”
“Aldo, in his prime, was spectacular and amazingly impressive. His flying knee first-round knockout of Cub Swanson, the knockout of Chad Mendes, the Urijah Faber fight where he brutalized Urijah’s leg, he’s unquestionably one of the greats of all time, but in my opinion, skill wise, Max Holloway has now surpassed him. I think he’s the best.”
Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway is on a 12-fight win streak, and sits at #4 on the UFC’s Pound for Pound list. And at 26, he will be getting better for years to come.