The UFC Featherweight Title and UFC Interim Featherweight Title will be unified at UFC 212 when Jose Aldo (UFC Featherweight Champion) takes on Max Holloway (UFC Interim Featherweight Champion).
Aldo (26-2-0) is in his second reign with the championship, a championship he was handed while he was the interim champion. The title was stripped from Conor McGregor. Aldo won the interim championship back at UFC 200 this past July, where he defeated former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision. Aldo’s first reign as UFC Featherweight Champion ended at UFC 194 in 2016 when he was knocked out by Conor McGregor in just 13 seconds.
Holloway (17-3-0) became the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion at UFC 206, when he defeated former UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis by third round TKO. Holloway will be entering the fight on the strength of a ten fight winning streak, a streak that has lasted over three years. During that aforementioned ten fight winning streak, Holloway only had three of those ten fights go to the judge’s scorecards.
Jose Aldo was also offered an interim Lightweight Championship fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, which Nurmagomedov turned down in favor of a fight with Tony Ferguson.
UFC 212 takes place on Saturday, June 3 from a location to be announced in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil with Jose Aldo and Max Holloway headlining.