Aldo and Holloway won’t meet at UFC 208

New UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is now NOT expected to make a title defence against Max Holloway in February.

Aldo was handed the featherweight title for the second time in his career last month after Conor McGregor was stripped of the belt for failing to defend the championship.

The Brazilian was due to meet the winner of the Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway encounter, with the latter eventually prevailing to become interim champion.

However, Holloway is still recovering from that fight and will not be able to face Aldo in a mooted encounter at UFC 208, in Brooklyn.

In the meantime, Aldo expects an interim title defence to take place in March.

“No, the Brooklyn fight is not happening. I now expect and believe I will be fighting in early March,” he told MMAFighting.


“I believe they will soon announce an interim lightweight title fight with me.

“They’ve been trying to find me an opponent, and — surprise, surprise — at least one has already turned down the fight against me. I’m waiting to see who they will find.”