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Read Jose Aldo’s comments about his loss, and what’s next for the ex-champion…

Former undisputed featherweight champion Jose Aldo suffered another crushing loss this past weekend. Facing Max Holloway in the UFC 212 main event, ‘Scarface’ ate his second loss in three outings.

Holloway was simply too fast and too determined for Aldo to overcome, and the bout ended by grizzly TKO in the third frame.

Aldo Breaks Silence

Speaking to fans on Twitter, as transcribed by MMAFighting.com, Aldo says he is coming back. Despite the talk of retirement from the media, the Brazilian icon says he’s more motivated than ever:

“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, fuck it, because I’ll come back, because we go down so we can get back up!! That’s it!! We’ll be back!!”

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Jul 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Frankie Edgar (blue gloves) fights Jose Aldo (red gloves) during UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

Aldo’s Coach Remains Positive Too

Also transcribed by MMAFighting, Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras says his fighter could well get another title shot soon:

“Max had a great achievement for the division, defeating an athlete who’s there for a long time, UFC champion, and I believe his next fight will be against Frankie Edgar. If Frankie wins, Aldo is back in a title fight, especially because he already beat him twice.”

Although Aldo and co. remain optimistic, it looks like UFC commentator Joe Rogan is whistling a different tune. During a controversial statement, Rogan claimed Conor McGregor, not Jose Aldo, is the greatest 145-pounder of all-time:

Rogan on Aldo

“I’ve got to say Conor is the greatest 145-pounder of all time cause he knocked out Aldo, who was clearly the greatest. But in terms of who’s got more victories, of course it’s Aldo. The problem is, we’re not doing MMA math here; you’re having two guys actually fight each other.

So if you said who is the greatest of all time? Well, it would have to be Aldo because he beat all these guys; no, no no, because the two of them fought and Conor merked him. So you’ve to give it to him. Otherwise there’s no other metric. There’s no other metric other than a knockout.”

“People will fight against it; ‘No, because Aldo was the champion for so many years’. You’re one hundred percent right. His body of work is much more impressive and there’s always going to be an asterisk next to Conor because that was just this one time he fought for the title at 145, KO’d Aldo and was like, ‘ya’ll be cool. I’m out of here.’”

“He’s the best ever. You have to say he’s the best ever even if he never fights featherweight again. Why? Because he KO’d the best ever. The reality is Aldo’s the best ever but Conor KO’d him. You couldn’t say without the Aldo fight that Conor was the best ever.”

“Because if you look at all the different people that both of them fought, you’re like wow it’s really close, it’s really interesting, Aldo has more fights. But once they actually fight, that’s it. That’s all that matters. It’s not MMA math. So you’ve got to give it to him.”

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  1. It just means that day he was the best. Fighter coming up in the world vs one who may be on the downhill slide. On that day one beat the other, but compare bodies of work.

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