Many people believe that the Jose Aldo era came to end when Conor McGregor bombed out the star with a massive left hand, but the former champ is determined to prove those folks wrong.
Aldo will return to cage this Saturday at UFC 200, and will take on Frankie Edgar for the interim, featherweight title. It will be the first time the Brazilian fighter has fought, since he was KO’d by McGregor in December. Prior to that bout, Aldo had won 18 straight fights and hadn’t lost in 10 years. So, ya, for some time, the terms “Aldo” and “Era” were bantered about.
Well, although Aldo is coming a devastating defeat, the dynamic fighter wants to prove his doubters wrong. Recently the Nova Uniao fighter told UFC Brazil.com (translation via UFC.com):
“I know, in my head, what I used to do in the WEC days, I remember what my goals were,” Aldo said. “Many people are saying the Jose Aldo Era is over, but it is a good time to prove I’m still strong and standing. I’m hungry and determined to prove it.”
“The loss was a mere comma in my history,” Aldo added later in the story, “and I see myself going back strong to reclaim the title”.
Now of course, writing Aldo off as a top tier fighter, due to one defeat, is silly. But, if Edgar is able to avenge his 2013 defeat to Aldo this Saturday, it will be another huge setback for the Brazilian fighter. On the other hand, Edgar has won five straight since his loss to Aldo, and has looked fantastic. So, if Aldo can score a decisive victory, then calls for a rematch with McGregor are going to be that much louder.
UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.