‘I Ran Four Miles that Night’- Max Holloway Details His Reaction When UFC Offered Him a Fight with Jose Aldo

Published 02/17/2021, 10:20 AM EST
7DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Max Holloway prior to his fight with Jose Aldo of Brazil during UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena on December 2, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)


Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway spoke out to fans through a ‘Year of the Fighter’ edition. The segment saw Holloway candidly speak out through the UFC Fight Pass Original Series and shed light on some matters. Chiefly, ‘Blessed’ did a deep dive into the time he traveled down to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a fight.

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Max Holloway is arguably one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the UFC roster, despite not having a championship. The pride of Hawaii lost his strap to Alexander Volkanovski and is making attempts to regain his crown. However, prior to his loss, Holloway was on a tear and was on the path towards featherweight GOAT status.

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Max Holloway on entering enemy territory

Max Holloway began his title run in emphatic fashion as he was standing across Jose Aldo, who came in as the champion. ‘Blessed’ detailed his reaction to receiving the call to travel down to Aldo’s ‘Kingdom’ in Brazil to fight him there. Holloway’s candid description of events is a clear-cut reminder as to why he’s a beloved warrior.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 03: Max Holloway celebrates after his TKO victory over Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 212 event at Jeunesse Arena on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I was at the beach hanging out with my friends when I got the call that you’re fighting Jose Aldo, June 3rd, in Brazil, in Rio, and the biggest smile came on my face. If this is not what legends are made of, I don’t know what is. I told my manager, ‘Why are you talking to me? Why don’t you just send the contract?

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“I just couldn’t wait, I think I ran four miles that night when I got home from the beach, just on a whole different high, a whole different level. Ready to fight one of the greatest of all-time athletes. Not even Mixed Martial Arts, athletes of all time in his hometown where they call this guy the king. What better way to become a king is to go to another king’s village and tell him this is mine.”

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Max Holloway would dominate Jose Aldo in front of his Brazilian fans and also decisively beat the featherweight GOAT in a rematch. Not to mention, Holloway went on to etch several high-profile victories in subsequent title defenses. His ambition to fight Jose Aldo in enemy territory offers a window into his ferocious championship mindset.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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