Former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway gave props to Jose Aldo after his dominant win over Rob Font at UFC Vegas 44.

Holloway and Aldo went to battle on two different occasions while the two of them were at the top of the UFC’s featherweight division. After winning the interim title over Anthony Pettis, Holloway knocked out Aldo at UFC 212 before defeating him once again in an immediate rematch.

Holloway had this to say after Aldo’s impressive victory at UFC Vegas 44.

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“The King of Rio!”, Holloway tweeted. “A legend in every way. Congrats champ.”

Max Holloway, Jose Aldo Are Both On The Verge Of Title Shots

Holloway and Aldo are both close to returning to the top of their respective divisions in the UFC. Holloway is widely expected to face Volkanovski for a trilogy, while Aldo could get the next bantamweight title shot against the Aljamain Sterling/Petr Yan winner.

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Aldo lost his first shot at bantamweight gold to Yan at UFC 251, after losing a controversial split decision to Marlon Moraes. He could also possibly face TJ Dillashaw in a No. 1 contender bout.

Holloway got back in the win column against top contenders Calvin Kattar and Yair Rodriguez in his past two fights. He lost his featherweight title to Volkanovski on back-to-back occasions, but both fights were controversial and many felt he came away with the victory.

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Holloway and Aldo are still two of the biggest stars in the sport today and have plenty of mutual respect for one another after their wars inside of the octagon. While we’ll more than likely never see the two of them fight each other again, it’s great to see two legends of the sport praise one another for their accomplishments.

What were your thoughts on Jose Aldo’s performance at UFC Vegas 44?

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Curtis Calhoun is a Combat Sports Contributor based in Seattle, Washington. After a longtime dream of becoming a sports journalist, he was able to accomplish his goals upon graduating from Washington State University in 2016.