Can rampant Holloway fulfil promise by dethroning Aldo?

(Thu, February 16, 2017)– The UFC featherweight division is finally starting to take shape again.

Former champion Conor McGregor reigned supreme in December 2015 when he incredibly stopped Jose Aldo inside just 13 seconds.

‘The Notorious’ had been on the hunt for Aldo’s 145lbs title for some time and ultimately proved too cunning for the Brazilian as he produced the organisation’s fastest ever Championship fight victory.

Although, since that quick-fire display in Las Vegas, the Irishman was seen by many to have held the belt hostage and subsequently bringing a halt to the weight class.

With that in mind, after making history by clinching the lightweight strap, the UFC shockingly opted to strip him of the featherweight crown late in 2016. Former supreme champion Aldo was therefore reinstated as the title holder once again.

Former McGregor opponent Holloway was also working towards a world title shot and he finally has that opportunity after a rampant run of form. The 25-year-old has been impressively dispatching everyone to face him in the octagon since that decision defeat at the hands of McGregor back in August 2013.

Holloway looks to maintain rampant run

Since then he has admirably rallied to 10 consecutive successes in the organisation, with seven of those being knockout or submission wins.

His latest outing saw him line up a deserved title shot, though, as he downed former lightweight titlist Anthony Pettis in the third round of their bout to become interim featherweight champion.

That triumph also saw the Hawaiian lift a Performance of the Night bonus, as he set up a mouth-watering encounter with Aldo for the UFC gold.

Holloway has been granted a shot at UFC featherweight champion Aldo at UFC 212 on June 3rd, when the pair will collide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Former dominant champion Aldo will undoubtedly have the majority of the backing in his native homeland this summer, but Holloway won’t be worried about that.

The featherweight contender has been on a devastating rampage through the division for three years and looks set to be a tough task for Aldo to deal with in his homeland.

Holloway will enter proceedings as the narrow betting underdog to triumph with bet365, with Aldo a slight favourite to defend his crown.

Home comforts for champion Aldo

After his embarrassing 13-second KO loss to McGregor at UFC 194 two years ago, Aldo took some time away from the octagon before a winning return in July 2016.

He was able to overcome the iron-chinned Frankie Edgar over the distance of their five-round scrap in Sin City.

Although, with the Samba fighter having been quite inactive for several years and now at the age of 30, Holloway will look to capitalise and reign triumphant.

The more youthful challenger will take to his mammoth next outing with plenty of momentum and confidence, as he aims to finally claim what he believes should be his – the UFC featherweight title.

Although, with the pair squaring off for the 145lbs belt, current lightweight titlist McGregor will still be hailing himself as the undisputed featherweight champion having previously beaten both men.

Photo Source: Conor McGregor via Facebook

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