UFC 212: Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway
RIO DE JANEIRO – The headliners for June’s UFC 212 event came face to face today in Rio de Janeiro, while future UFC Hall of Famer Anderson Silva got about as close as he’ll ever get to staring down the opponent he’s long requested: his clone.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) and interim champ Max Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) were on hand at today’s UFC 212 news conference in Brazil, promoting the June 3 pay-per-view event at Jeunesse Arena. After addressing the media, the two featherweights faced off for photo opportunities.
Aldo is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, while Holloway sits at No. 2. The winner will walk away from UFC 212 as the undisputed UFC champion.
Meanwhile, UFC legend and former middleweight champ Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC) was also on hand to help promote the event. He was initially expected to face Kelvin Gastelum before “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner was pulled from the card after testing positive for marijuana metabolites following his UFC Fight Night 106 win over Vitor Belfort.
Silva mimed a face-off with himself, taking turns to stand on both sides of the center line. UFC officials have yet to secure a new opponent for Silva, though “The Spider” offered up a few options.