The King of Rio, Jose Aldo, does it AGAIN; his move down to bantamweight has been a great revival for his MMA career. From having the greatest featherweight resume to still competing at the highest level, it just shows that Aldo is an all-time great.
Rob Font was a rising prospect and was making waves; he was also a 4-fight win streak beating top contenders like Moraes, Garbrandt. Another win for Font would potentially grant him a title shot or a title contender fight next.
The scorecards were a shutdown, Aldo winning all the rounds, but one judge gave around to Font.
Although it was not a leisurely walk in the park as Aldo suffered damages, his eye was almost shut down early, and it was dangerous against someone like Font. Aldo showed his high-level striking and well-roundedness, more composed but effective.
Even in the fifth round, the corner of Font was saying that they needed a finish to win the fight. Font went on gun blazing and aggressive while Aldo looked like he just needed to survive. Aldo managed to knock Font down in the latter half and even won the round dominantly.
As for Font showed tremendous heart; other fighters would have faded with the damage that Aldo landed; for Font, even to survive the strikes and defending submissions with a BJJ on top of you is an impressive feat.
What is next for Aldo? He has one of the greatest legacies as an MMA fighter. He now bounces back to a three-fight win streak from becoming the greatest featherweight of all time and having his decline of losing three consecutive times. Aldo was the best fighter ten years ago, and until now, he is a top 5 contender and competing at the highest level.
The bantamweight division is one of the most stacked divisions right now. The talent and names like Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling, and TJ Dillashaw, and Aldo likely fight them next is such a great time to be a fan. Aldo could also face Cory Sandhagen for a title contender spot.