Despite all the doubts on Jose Aldo with his two straight losses to featherweight champion Max Holloway, he just proved to the UFC world that he’s still got it after all.
Aldo (27-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), just dominated his first non-title fight throughout his UFC career. The former featherweight king stopped Jeremy Stephens (28-15 MMA, 15-14 UFC) with a wicked body shot. From there, Aldo went all out and finished the bout at the 4:19 mark of the first round.
The Brazilian fighter was considered by many to be the greatest featherweight of all time. During the co-main event of UFC on FOX 30 fight card, he showcased his boxing skills and landed a thunderous body shot on his opponent.
Aldo Plans for Retirement
Recently, Aldo expressed that he was looking to retire from UFC after losing in three of his last four fights. But with his victory over Stephens, the 31-year-old now wants to get the belt back.
In fact, after his win, Aldo had an emotional outburst and fell to his knees probably out of overwhelming happiness. During the UFC on FOX 30 post-fight press conference, he explained why he reacted in such way.
— UFC (@ufc) July 29, 2018
“I was coming from a rough time coming off two losses,” Aldo said through his interpreter. “But I had the support of my whole team. I had a very good group of people around me, giving me support and getting me back in a good place to get this win and it was a win not for me, but for all them.”
Shaheen Al-Shatti from MMA Fighting also shared a statement from Aldo saying:
Jose Aldo bringing the honesty after his emotional #UFCCalgary victory: “I’m feeling amazing. It brought tears to my eyes because I came from two losses and I even questioned myself if I was capable to win again."
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) July 29, 2018
The Start of the End for Stephens
While Aldo is celebrating his victory, his opponent, on the other hand, lost after a three-fight winning streak.
— Robbie Fox (@RobbieBarstool) July 29, 2018
At 32 years old, Stephens failed to win his 29th UFC fight. He’s one of the fighters who has fought the most in the history of the promotion, along with Michael Bisping and Jim Miller.
However, with his loss to Aldo, Stephens also suffered the most losses in UFC. Despite earning the most number of defeats, Stephens has put up some pretty good fights throughout his career.
Jeremy Stephens just suffered his 14th UFC loss. That's the most in company history. #UFCCalgary
— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) July 29, 2018
What a Comeback From Aldo
The former featherweight champ is now determined to face another title fight.
“The champion is back,” Aldo said through a translator. “I just have to keep it up.”
Watch how Aldo finished Stephens on the first round of their fight:
— UFC (@ufc) July 29, 2018