Holloway outclassed former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis on his way to a third-round stoppage in the main event of UFC 206 in Toronto. The victory stretched his unbeaten run to 10, the third longest in the UFC, with his last defeat a decision loss to Conor McGregor in August 2013.
And the Hawaiian quickly turned his turned his attentions to the Irishman, who was forced to vacate the featherweight strap in the run up to UFC 206, and Aldo, who was installed as champ in his stead.
Holloway is expected to face Aldo next, with February’s UFC 208 the date in mind. Although, he later backtracked on wanting that date and instead took a shot at Aldo.
“I said it in there in February and when everything was slowing down in the back I was thinking that I already had to give up Thanksgiving for this fight, had to give up my birthday and it’s hard to find the guy, like I said. Where’s Jose Waldo?,” he said of the Brazlian.
“Let me know when you find him. Team work [makes] the dream work. If more of us can look for him, we’re going to find him together. We’ll see what happens.
“I don’t want to give up my son’s birthday and Christmas for February 11 and he doesn’t show up.
“This guy has a knack for not showing up so we’ll see what happens. I’ve got to talk to Dana White first, I’ve got a brunch that I want to sit down and talk to him and Sean Shelby and we can talk business.”
When it came to getting job done in the Octagon, it was business as usual for Holloway. His combinations were crisp and his strikes accurate as he picked Pettis off at range. A cut was opened over Pettis’ right eye in the second round and in the third, a spinning back kick to his body spelled the end.
Holloway followed up with a flurry of punches against the cage and referee Yves Lavigne stepped in to prevent further damage to Pettis, who confirmed afterwards he’d broken his hand in the first round.
While Pettis will return to lightweight having missed weight for the interim title clash by three pounds, Holloway had a message for that division’s champion.
“I ain’t over here begging for fights. If that guy wants to fight me, he can come fight me,” Holloway said of lightweight champ McGregor. “Conor’s coach even said I’m the best 145’er in the world. I ain’t going to beg. We’ve got so [many] guys on their knees begging to fight him. If he wants to fight me, he can come see me.”
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