Max Holloway has hit back strongly at accusations made by Jose Aldo that he was dodging the Brazilian at UFC 208 in February.
Aldo accused Holloway of knowing about their proposed fight long before he took on Anthony Pettis on December 10. Once Holloway won that fight, Aldo said, he immediately started backtracking on his UFC 208 commitments.
Aldo fired back in an exclusive interview with FOX Sports, saying he only learned about the fight with Aldo moments after he defeated Pettis, when Dana White informed him about it.
He was up for it at first, but soon realised that he would not have enough time to rest and recover before he'd have to be back in the training camp.
“I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Holloway said. “Telling me I knew before the fight — I didn’t know (expletive) before the fight. When they told me in the cage after I won that they wanted the fight Feb. 11, I thought it was 10 weeks away so I’d take two weeks off and then have an eight week camp to get ready for him. Then after everything, my adrenaline was on high and was going crazy, they got me hyped and I said what I said and then I figured out it was eight weeks so I was like holy (expletive) that’s fast but I said that’s OK we can do this.”
The following day Holloway realised he had a severely swollen ankle, however.
“The next morning I woke my (expletive) ankle was swollen as an elephant’s leg. I told the UFC ASAP what was up and I don’t know why they didn’t announce it, but I went to the doctors as soon as possible and I was told I can’t do nothing for four to six weeks.
“No contact, no nothing on my ankle. I can’t be kicking, I can’t be doing anything. I found out a re-injured an old injury in my ankle and I let them know I’m out four to six weeks.
“I guess he’s coming out taunting and running his mouth but at the end of the day if I wasn’t injured I’d fight his ass any day of the week. I’d fight him tomorrow.”
Holloway said Aldo was is in no position to accuse him of anything, considering how many times he's pulled out of fights in the past. He also said the Brazilian opted out of chances to face him at UFC 205 and 206.
“This guy is the last guy who should be talking about injuries. This mother (expletive) is the last guy that should be talking about injuries and being able to fight,” Holloway said. “He wants to talk about he never turned down an opponent in his life and he don’t pick his opponents. I can clearly — he said this, not me — he got offered to fight me. He got offered to fight me at (UFC) 205 and 206 and he would not fight me. He said he would rather fight Anthony Pettis and then he didn’t take that fight either. He’s saying ‘I don’t turn down fights’ — go ask Sean Shelby if Max Holloway ever turned down a fight. I never turned down a fight in my life.
“This guy turns down a fight and he’s blaming his coach? Come on, get out of here. My coach didn’t want me to fight on Feb. 11 but I’m going to do what I’m going to do. I love my coaches but at the end of the day I need to get in there and do the damn thing and they respect that. Feb. 11 I wanted to fight, and then I go to the doctors and I have an injury. It would dumb of me to take a fight with Jose Aldo and I can’t train four to six weeks. This guy is seriously gone in his head. I fought 10 times in the last three years. How many times did he fight? Let’s compare.”