Jose Aldo’s second reign as the UFC’s featherweight champ came to a close in devastating fashion at UFC 212, but the legendary fighter is promising he’ll be back.
Aldo was finished by Max Holloway in the third round on Saturday night, which marked the second time in three fights that he’s been defeated (the other loss, as you surely know, came against Conor McGregor in 2015). Now, ordinarily, these circumstances wouldn’t prompt fans to question what the future holds for a fighter. But, since Aldo has had documented issues with the UFC in recent months, and because he’s fought so infrequently in recent years, some have likely been wondering about the former champ’s plans.
Well, recently Aldo released the following statement on Instagram (quote via MMA Mania):
“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others” – Baltasar Gracian
I only have to thank my ‘dad’ Andre Pederneiras, the best team in the world, Nova Uniao, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the people’s champion, and (thank) all my trainers, who did a super well done job and got me ready, and all my fans who are always with me, here’s my love and my thank you. I’m speechless with all the love I’ve received until today, and every word you send to me. Thank you.
The rest, f**k it, because I’ll come back, because we go down so we can get back up!! That’s it!! We’ll be back!!
This is welcome news. After all, Aldo is only 30 year’s old, and we’re talking about a guy who has only been defeated twice since 2015. Further, Aldo did land some hard shots early on against Holloway, and he was extremely impressive in his UD defeat over Frankie Edgar last summer.
Plus, if Edgar ends up facing Holloway, and defeats the new champ, then Aldo could be tapped for a title shot. The vaunted fighter holds two wins over Edgar already.
What about a rematch between Cub Swanson and Aldo in the interim? In a title shot eliminator?