Holloway claims undisputed title


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Max Holloway of Waianae, Oahu, won the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight title on Saturday, stopping long-reigning champion Jose Aldo in the third round of the UFC 212 main event.

Holloway (18-3), who was the interim 145-pound champion, floored Aldo with a big right hand, then mounted Aldo and threw punches until referee John McCarthy stopped the bout with 47 seconds remaining in the round.

Holloway has won his last 11 fights since a loss to Conor McGregor in 2013.

Aldo (26-3) had held the belt for most of the past six years. He lost the title to McGregor in December 2015, but regained it last year.

Aldo has lost two of his last three bouts after winning 18 straight from 2006 to 2015. The Brazilian was fighting in Rio for the fourth time in his last eight bouts.

Top strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha recorded a first-round stoppage of Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

In the first event on the main card, Yancy Medeiros of Oahu beat Erick Silva with a second-round technical knockout in a welterweight fight.