UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Max Holloway will be fighting UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo in a title unification bout at UFC 212.
Holloway, who has called out UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor in the past, is refusing to chase after the lightweight kingpin.
“It’s crazy. I thought we were all men here, but they’re trying to chase (Conor McGregor) around, trying to get this and that. It is what it is. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be,” Holloway told Submission Radio. “I ain’t chasing nobody. I’m gonna make my damn self my own money fight. I was kind of irritated that I might have to be out a little longer, that’s why I got the movie so I’m fine with it, but at the end of the day, it’s just kind of mind boggling. I was just mind blown. If that’s what [Aldo] wanted to do, that’s what he wanted to do, but I’m gonna get ready and focus on 145 [pounds] at the moment. If opportunities present itself, I’m gonna take it, but I’m not gonna go out there and start begging like half these guys out there.”
The Hawaiian and the Irishman have collided before in the UFC, with McGregor defeating Holloway by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 26 in August 2013.
The interim champion must first focus on Aldo, because their UFC 212 clash will be taking place in Aldo’s home country of Brazil.
“This is what kings do. Kings go to other kings’ villages and they take over. That’s what they do and that’s what I have planned come June 3rd. I’m gonna go there and show everybody why I’m a king and what better place to do it than in his backyard, in his own village,” says Holloway.
UFC 212 takes place on Saturday, June 3 from the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with Max Holloway and Jose Aldo headlining.