“We fall so we can rise again.”
These were the words from former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo after his third round TKO defeat at UFC 212 on Saturday night.
The Nova Uniao team’s star member suffered the defeat at the hands of 25-year-old Hawaiian Max Holloway in front of a home crowd at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Aldo, who didn’t attend the post-fight press conference, took to Instagram to reassure his adoring fans of his intentions for the future, though.
“Fique contente em agir. Deixe a fala para os outros” – Baltasar Gracián Só tenho a agradecer ao Paizão Andre Pederneiras, à melhor equipe do mundo #novauniao pois se não fosse eles não seria o #ocampeãodopovo, a todos meus treinadores que fizeram o trabalho super bem feito e me deixaram pronto e a todo os fãs que sempre estão comigo, aqui fica meu carinho e o meu muito obrigado. Fico até sem palavras pra falar de todo o carinho que recebi e recebo até hoje, a cada palavras de carinho que me mandam. Obrigado. O resto foda-se pq vou voltar, pq caímos pra nos levantarmos!! Então é isso!! Vamos voltar!!
The translated statement reads as follows (via MMA Mania):
“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.” – Baltasar Gracián
“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!!”
Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras said post-fight that:
“(Aldo) isn’t too far from getting another shot at the featherweight belt.”
The newly crowned undisputed champion of the featherweight division Max Holloway, who has a record of 18-3 in MMA, 14-3 in UFC, welcomed the idea of a rematch between the two, praising Aldo as a legend of the sport.
Although when said rematch could happen remains to be seen. “Blessed” came into the fight with an interim title of his own and was also on the back of ten consecutive victories.
From the UFC’s point of view, it is believed that a fight with Frankie Edgar is more probable as Holloway’s next bout.
The style in which Aldo was defeated was tough for many fans to witness, as the man who once was one of the most dominant UFC titlists in the history of the organisation looked a mere shadow of his former self.
The Brazilian held the featherweight crown for almost seven years with nine consecutive title defences from 2009 to 2015 in both the WEC and UFC organisations.
His record is a testament to his reign (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC). However, he now stands at 1-2 in his last three appearances inside the Octagon.
The main cause for concern is that these pair of losses don’t tarnish Aldo’s legacy within the organisation.
Rob Lynch, Pundit Arena