Speaking ahead of his unification title fight this weekend, Holloway told reporters on the #UFC212 conference call that he had no regrets heading into his fight with Aldo on Friday.
“Everything I said was facts,” Holloway said. “It’s just facts, man. I’m not making this stuff up. You can go and... everything I say, he’s saying it. He’s doing it. He said it or it’s written down somewhere, you know. Go Google it, you know. I’m comfortable. Why wouldn’t I be? I’m not making stuff up.”
While he’s openly taunted Aldo in the media, the interim champion still says he has a lot of respect for the man who currently holds the official UFC featherweight title. Having endured a period where the Brazilian said he wouldn’t take a fight with him, Holloway said he was relieved to finally be just a few days away from fight night.
“I’m fighting the guy at the end of the day and, business is business,” Holloway said. “It is what it is, and things happen. I’ve got a big rival in front of me and I can’t wait to make that walk and fight the guy. Things happen; You know, the timing wasn’t right. The time is now and I just look forward to it. You know, I just—I respect the guy. I think you need to respect the guy. Look, he’s one of the greatest to do it. Like I said before, since I was 17 I watched this guy at 25. He stayed on top of the division. Now, it’s time for a new era. Right now, we’ve got business to take care of. I can’t wait to fight the guy.”
Holloway is currently riding a ten-fight win streak, but things weren’t always so rosy for the Hawaiian. Back in January 2014, Holloway was coming off back-to-back losses against Dennis Bermudez and Conor McGregor. He then went on to face Will Chope at UFC Fight Night Singapore and he explained how this was a career-changing moment for him.
“I was backed up in a corner,” Holloway said, describing a moment in his fight with Chope. “I had two L’s—two back to back losses, and usually when you get your third one, especially to a guy like him, he’s a newcomer coming to the UFC. If I was to lose that fight, I probably would have got my slips. Thank you for your service, come again. And I wasn’t about that life. I know I’m the greatest and like I said, I’m not here to be average and I always want to stick out as a sore thumb. That’s what I’m doing. It’s just confidence. I always had this confidence around me. People weren’t talking to me. Now you guys talking to me and now you guys are seeing a lot more of it. I’m not being anything different. I have a chance to talk a lot more and you guys need to see this confidence.”
Despite his amazing run to the interim strap, Holloway still has his doubters. For the minute at least, Holloway doesn’t seem to be worried about them and he said that on Saturday night, he gets to prove to the world that his confidence is justified.
“Everything comes in due time, and my time’s coming,” Holloway said. “You guys are going to see. Like I said at #UFC206 after the win, a star is going to be born. And at# #UFC212, the story is about to get brighter. That’s the plan.”
Holloway vs. Aldo will be the main for UFC212 on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro. In the co-main event, Claudia Gadelha takes on Karolina Kowalkiewicz in strawweight action.