Dana White has announced that interim Featherweight champion Max “Blessed” Holloway (17-3) and Featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2) will unify the UFC Featherweight title. Reportedly, but not officially the event will be UFC 212 on June 3rd, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Holloway is currently on a 10 fight win streak, that dates back to January of 2014. In that span “Blessed” has 3 decisions, 2 submissions, and 5 knock outs. At UFC 206 Holloway scored a TKO of Anthony Pettis, with a body kick and follow up punches to win the interim Featherweight title. A title that was made because UFC 206 was a pay per view and Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier withdrew from his title fight. The promotion, I guess felt they had to make a title match because it was a pay per view event. Following his win over Pettis, Holloway insinuated that Aldo was ducking him. Hollloway invited the public to take part in Where’s Jose Waldo, guess what he was at home in Brazil.
Following losing the Featherweight title to Conor McGregor, a belt that Aldo had defended successfully 7 times, Aldo rebounded from his first loss in 8 years at UFC 200, with a spectacular performance in taking a unanimous decision from Frankie Edgar and at that time being crowned UFC interim Featherweight champion.
Since defeating Jose Aldo in December 2015, Conor McGregor has fought 3 times going 2-1, but has not returned to Featherweight. McGregor has twice fought at Welterweight and once at Lightweight. Currently on maturity leave, the UFC stripped McGregor of his title after Daniel Cormier was injured. This made it possible to elevate Jose Aldo to UFC Featherweight champion and making it possible for Holloway vs. Pettis to be for an interim belt, because UFC 206 was on pay per view.