Following consecutive title-fight losses to Max Holloway, Jose Aldo felt pressure going into his UFC on Fox 30 fight with Jeremy Stephens.
“A lot of people were looking at me and thinking, ‘Where is he now? Is he the same fighter that he was before?’,” he told reporters through an interpreter.
The former UFC featherweight champion proved himself with a liver shot so loud and disarming, it might have convinced a generation of future MMA fighters to pick up a different sport.
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Will Jose Aldo get another title fight?
The 31-year-old is not the same fighter he was when he won a UFC featherweight record 15 consecutive fights. He’s sustained injuries to his neck, ribs, shoulder, and leg, and has fought 14 times in the last nine years.
He went 1-3 in four bouts before Saturday night.
“I am a top fighter in this division, and I’m ready to get another title shot eventually in this run,” Aldo said after the victory.
Aldo has three fights remaining on his UFC contract. With consecutive losses to Holloway behind him, a lot would have to change for him to get another bout with the injured current champ.
Perhaps the Brazilian’s best hope for another title shot is a Brian Ortega victory over Holloway whenever’s “Blessed” is healthy enough to go again, followed by a defense against the Aldo.
If he never gets another shot, Aldo will just have to settle for being the greatest featherweight ever.