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Max Holloway, left, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Jose Aldo, of Brazil, during their UFC featherweight mixed martial arts bout in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Sunday, June 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Max Holloway defeated José Aldo to become the UFC's third-ever featherweight champ


Former UFC interim featherweight champ Max "Blessed" Holloway defeated longtime champion José Aldo to become the UFC's undisputed featherweight champion on Saturday night at UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Holloway's win makes him just the third 145-pound champion in the UFC's history. José Aldo had been the promotion's inaugural featherweight champion and defended the title seven times until losing it to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. 

WATCH | Highlights of Max Holloway's win over former champion José Aldo at UFC 212

Holloway and Aldo both started the fight slowly, each trying to figure out the other's tempo while throwing single punches. Aldo landed an early combination that seemed to signal that the interim champion was in over his head. 

And indeed, the opening two rounds of the fight went to the Brazilian. The fight seemed to be going Aldo's way until a knockdown in the third round in which Aldo found himself scrambling to stand up as Holloway rained down blows. 

Unfortunately, Aldo couldn't get up, and the fight was stopped. 

Holloway tweeted out his thanks after the fight. 

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