But there are other octagon records within Holloway’s reach. A victory on Saturday would mean his 12th consecutive win – four behind ex-champ Anderson Silva, who leads the list, and just one behind former 205-pound kingpin Jon Jones and current titleholders Johnson and Georges St-Pierre (all tied at No. 2).
As someone who welcomed everyone to new era after his title-unifying win at UFC 212 in June, Holloway clearly has bigger plans for himself. But as far as record-setting goes, Holloway prefers not to fuss too much.
“I’m 1-0 every time,” Holloway said after open workouts Wednesday. “I’m 1-0 right now, I’m looking to be 1-0. Too many people start looking too forward. They start getting sloppy. They start training less and being lazy. And I ain’t that guy. I want to be here for a long time. My (26th) birthday is on Monday.
“I want to be here for a long time. That’s what I want to do. I want to focus on present things and present right now is beating Aldo. Then we can talk about records and stuff.”
Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC) meets Aldo (26-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) on the headliner of Saturday’s UFC 218 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view, following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The bout is more than a simple title defense. For fallen champ Aldo, it’s a golden opportunity to reclaim the featherweight belt from the hands of the man who took it six months ago. An unexpected chance that Aldo, himself, isn’t taking lightly.
Aldo was the UFC’s original featherweight champion after twice defending his WEC throne. He defended his UFC title seven times before a 13-second loss to current lightweight champ Conor McGregor in December 2015 brought his streak to a halt. He’d go on to claim the interim belt in a rematch with Frankie Edgar and was later reinstated as undisputed champ.
But then Holloway came along.
For Holloway, a second meeting with Aldo offers a uniquely symbolic way to solidify his majesty. A 25-year-old rising star venturing into the kingdom of the man who for so long reigned supreme over the UFC’s 145-pound division, only to knock him out, was emblematic enough. But doing it twice would make the passing of the guard feel all that much stronger.
Even if he does add a second win over Aldo to his already impressive resume, the champion is not about to rest on his laurels.
“(Aldo) is the greatest of all time in our weight class,” Holloway said. “He did a lot of great things. And people keep telling me, ‘What you’re going to do, this and that, when you take him, bla bla bla?’
“You know, beating him for a second time, I’ve still got a lot of things to do to catch up with him. He has a bunch of records, and these records are meant to be broken. And I’m here. He had his time. There’s levels to this. He had his era – it’s a ‘Blessed Era,’ like they said.”
To hear from Holloway, check out the video above.
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