Holloway on whether it’s hard to train for Jose Aldo because he fights so infrequently, predicts history will be made

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

Max Holloway (photo credit Tom Szczerbowski © USA Today)

Max Holloway told FS1’s “UFC Fight Night” that training for Jose Aldo, whom he fights tonight in the main event of UFC 212, isn’t difficult even though Aldo he fights so infrequently. “Not really,” he said. “Aldo is Aldo. You see what you get. Everyone is different, watching from the outside. When we get in the Octagon and the doors shut, it’s a different story. I can’t wait to get in there and mix it up and see how he feels in there.”

He said he didn’t bring in anyone to specifically mimic Aldo to spar against in preparation. “Not really,” he said. “I’ve got a great bunch of guys. When it’s fight camp, we try to mimic the opponent the best we can.”

That said, he won’t reveal details of his strategy. When asked how he’ll deal with Aldo’s devastating leg kicks, he said: “It’s called pay-per-view. A magician never reveals his secrets. Tune in. Don’t miss it. You’ll see history in the making. I said in December a star is going to be born. A new star is going to be born on June 3rd.”

He reflected on a setback in his career, and if it was a turning point for him. “It had to be that two losses before the Will Chope fight,” he said. “I knew I was better than that and that was a turning point. Ten fights later, here we are.”

Watch the video interview with more quotes HERE.

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