Former featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo had another rough night in Detroit last weekend. For the first time in his storied career, ‘Scarface’ is coming off two straight losses, both by TKO…
UFC 218 was meant to be about redemption for Jose Aldo. Having reigned above the featherweight division for 10 years, the former WEC and two-time UFC champion was out for revenge.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian, it was his Hawaiian rival destined to win again. Almost identical to their last meeting, Max Holloway just had too many weapons and far better stamina.
Aldo started well but was visibly fading as the bout went on. ‘Blessed’ only got stronger as they entered the third frame, and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan called the finishing sequence right before it started.
For all the dominance he displayed earlier in his career, Aldo, it seems, is now a shell of his former fighting self. There’s no shame in it, everyone gets past their prime.
Aldo Talks Loss
For the first time in his fighting career, Aldo has tasted two losses in a row, both by TKO and to the same man. Although the press in his native Brazil has pretty much burned ‘Scarface,’ he claims his friends and family have been very supportive.
The former champ took to Instagram after losing to Holloway at UFC 218. Read on to see Aldo’s coach blast the Brazilian media for their criticism:
“I only have to thank my family that I love for everything, and my team Nova Uniao, the best in the world, for making me great and champion, and [thank] my friends and fans that are always with me. Thank you all! I will be always optimistic because believing is the first step to making it happen.”
Aldo’s coach, Emerson “Falcao” Vieira, was not as level headed in his first statement since the second Holloway loss. During a social media post, captured by MMAFighting.com, Viera urged media to show Aldo some love:
“Many talk, few know,” Vieira posted no his Instagram. “This is the truth, Brazilians are used to idolizing crooks and crucifying heroes. It’s almost cultural. Who should be supporting us is pointing fingers, criticizing and judging without having any knowledge to talk about the topic. We’re used to fighting rivals and receive critics from the ones who were supposed be on our side.
“Yesterday, our champion Jose Aldo did his part, fought bravely against a really tough opponent, who was superior in the fight and won, like [Aldo] did for many years and still has what it takes to do. Sports are like this, nothing and no one will erase your story in life and in fighting. Your friends and teammates are proud of everything you’ve already done and will still do. Nothing changed. We lost a battle, but war continues.”