The UFC’s undisputed featherweight champion Max Holloway shared a rather interesting insight with the world after now having faced both José Aldo and Conor McGregor.
Holloway’s career broke on through to the next level just ten days ago when he dispatched the two-time featherweight champion José Aldo in his home country of Brazil in what was a truly inspired performance.
Holloway gradually increased his pace and as the fight wore on the Brazilian slowly but surely seized control of the momentum before finishing his opponent in the third round. For Max, it extended his streak to eleven straight wins and cemented his case for top five pound-for-pound honours.
The Hawaiian’s last defeat, of course, came at the hands of the future two-weight world champion McGregor back in 2013, but given that Max fought him at the very young age of 21, many have wondered how the modern day Holloway would match up against the ‘Notorious One’ at the age of 25.
Now, on a recent appearance on SiriusXM, where he joined Luke Thomas, Holloway spoke about his experiences facing both Aldo and McGregor, and one key comment he made is one that is pretty surprising to say the least.
“We saw a bunch of things in José’s game that I thought I could take advantage of and that we did. His favourite tool to use are the leg-kick and the knee.
“After the first round I told my corner ‘he’s not that fast’ but his explosiveness is quick.
“He’s definitely the hardest hitter I’ve ever felt and his hands are huge.”
This may come as a surprise to some but given the fact that McGregor’s accuracy is often cited as his main tool, perhaps the raw, explosive power of Aldo did, in fact, hurt the young champion more than the shots he was able to take from the Irishman all those years ago.
Regardless, the idea of a rematch between McGregor and Holloway is one that most fight fans would be clamouring to see, even if the outspoken Crumlin native himself is perhaps not as interested as we are.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena