Aldo, a two-time UFC featherweight world champion, said that he wants to finish his contract to a pursue a career in boxing and, during Tuesday’s UFC 218 conference call, ‘Scarface’ hinted that he wasn’t motivated for his first championship clash with Holloway at UFC 212.
“It’s going to be different because I’m motivated,” Aldo said via translator during yesterday’s conference call. “I’m very well trained right now, I’m really focused and I believe it’s going to be a different ending from the first fight.”
Holloway, who knocked out Aldo in the third round to win the featherweight belt, picked up on his opponent’s comment and questions whether he is truly motivated to fight at all.
“This guy is talking about motivation, how motivated he is for the belt,” Holloway said, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “I have no idea when people talk motivation. This guy was fighting at his hometown as the champion, and for him to be saying motivation, now he feels way more motivated, fighting for your country and fighting in front of your people, for your belt, is not enough motivation? What’s going on?”
Aldo, 31, has been competing in the sport since 2004 and has won titles in both WEC and the UFC. Holloway, on the other hand, is just 25-years-old and made his professional debut in 2010.
The proud Hawaiian is on a 11-fight win streak and is motivated enough to fight Aldo ten times in a row if need be.
“I can fight this guy 10 times in a row,” Holloway said. “I’ll be motivated, that’s who I am.”
Holloway was originally set to defend his 145-pound title against Edgar at UFC 218 but ‘The Answer’ was forced to pull out due to injury. Holloway vs. Aldo, which will now serve as UFC 218’s new main event, takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.