Ahead of his UFC 218 headliner against the champion Max Holloway, take a look at the very first title-winning performance in the career of José Aldo just under a decade ago.
2009 was the year and though the featherweight scene in mixed martial arts was going through a memorable patch, the UFC had yet to introduce the division to their ranks. Lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light-heavyweight and, of course, heavyweight were the five weight-classes that made up world’s premier promotion but with ZUFFA’s purchase of the WEC looming, the introduction of the lighter fighters into the UFC was imminent.
So many fighters managed to make a name for themselves in the WEC before crossing over once the organisation was dissolved such as Urijah Faber, Benson Henderson, Chan-Sung Jung and Donald Cerrone but out of them all, one man managed to stand out due to his ferocious attack, impeccable ground-game and in case you’ve forgotten about them, those vicious leg-kicks.
With Aldo set to attempt to win back his featherweight strap against the champion Max Holloway this weekend, have a look at what a 23-year-old José Aldo looks like in action and as you do, understand exactly why this guy was consistently flying so high for years on the pound-for-pound list before his reign came to a crashing halt at the hands of Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena