UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway met in a title unification bout in the main event of UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro. Holloway became the undisputed champion with a TKO victory over Aldo in the third round.
After the two men touched gloves, Aldo took the center of the octagon and waited patiently as Holloway circled the outside. The round started slowly as the two gauged their distance, throwing only jabs and feints. The first to land a significant shot was Aldo, who battered Holloway with a combo of punches, knees and kicks. Holloway was able to regain his composure and land jabs of his own but Aldo landed the heavier shots.
The second round also took place entirely on the feet but this time Holloway started having some success. He was able to stay just out of range for some of Aldo’s shots and land jabs of his own. The champion was still in control of the bout, however, using his head movement to slip past Holloway’s jab and land heavy combos. At the end of the round, Holloway started taunting the champion and the two exchanged kicks.
In the third, Holloway continued pressing forward with jabs and long right hands, eventually dropping the champion with a clean 1-2. On the ground, the Hawaiian landed a high volume of punches to the head of Aldo before advancing to full mount and continuing his onslaught before the ref called off the fight.
Holloway was fired up in his post-fight interview in which he thanked the Brazilian crowd and campaigned for the UFC to host an event in Hawaii.
“This is the Blessed era!” he shouted holding the belt around his waist.