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The ‘Blessed’ era begins with TKO of Jose Aldo

Max Holloway’s time has finally come. For a few year’s he’s been ready for his big moment, and after being given the opportunity to fight the future Hall of Famer Jose Aldo for the undisputed featherweight championship, the Hawaiian took full advantage and won by a third round TKO.

Holloway sent Aldo to the floor with a left uppercut followed by a straight right hand in the third round. Holloway followed him to the canvas and gained full mount and continued his assault. Aldo did his best to survive, but Holloway finally forced the stoppage at 4:13 in the third round with multiple punches to the side of the former champions’ head.

Officially, it closed the Aldo era and opened the Holloway era.

Of course, Conor McGregor has a claim to the championship after knocking Aldo out in just 13 seconds, handing the long-time Brazilian champion just his first loss in a decade, but McGregor them left the division, and Aldo regained the crown. Holloway, who is just 25-years-old, now sit along at the top with victories over Cub Swanson, Charles Oliveira, Ricardo Lamas, Jeremy Stephens, Anthony Pettis and now Aldo in his 11-fight winning streak.

Holloway would love to avenge his three-round decision loss to McGregor from back in 2012 when he was a much younger and less seasoned against top opponents, but Holloway also said it should be McGregor begging for the rematch.

Okay, maybe Holloway was wrong with that statement, but he certainly showed his ability against Aldo. Holloway was faster and looked stronger. At one point in the action-packed fight, Holloway took a clean knee to the face, but he shook it off and never seemed phased by it. Aldo would have ended most other fighter’s night with that flush of a knee.

Holloway now has the fifth longest winning streak in UFC history at 11 in a row. Only ahead of him at Anderson Silva (16), Jon Jones (13), Georges St-Pierre (12) and Demetrious Johnson (12).

A fight against Frankie Edgar, who rebounded from a unanimous decision loss to Aldo for the title with one-sided wins over Stephens and Yair Rodriguez, is sure to be the next fight for Holloway. Edgar certainly has been one of the very best featherweights in the Octagon, but he has come up short in multiple opportunities against Aldo. After Edgar, though, Holloway has beaten everybody.

At his age with tremendous potential still to grow it doesn’t look like the ‘Blessed’ era is going to end anytime soon.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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