Jose Aldo
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Blitzes Moicano with Round 2 TKO
FeatherweightUFC
February 2, 2019
Aldo defeated Renato Moicano via TKO (punches) at 0:44 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday in Brazil.
ANALYSIS
The first round of this fight was uneventful. It was a feeling out process for both fighters. One trend that started was Aldo looking for the same left hook to the body that he finished Jeremy Stephens with in his last fight. In the second round the end of the fight began with a left hook to the head of Moicano. From there Aldo turned up the volume of his punches, landing many punches to the head, a left hook to the body and a knee to the head. As he rained down punches against the fence the referee had no choice but to stop the fight. This marks the second straight impressive performance for Aldo since dropping two straight fights to UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. The performance showed MMA fans that Aldo still has something left in the tank, and it also earned the veteran a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
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Nearing retirement
FeatherweightUFC
January 16, 2019
Aldo plans to fight three times in Brazil this year and then retire, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 32-year-old already has the first of those matches lined up, as he's scheduled to meet Renato Moicano in Fortaleza on Feb. 2. After two more fights in his home country, he'll call it quits, leaving the UFC and MMA altogether. Aldo won his first seven fights with the UFC, but after getting knocked out by Conor McGregor just 13 seconds into a title bout in 2015, his career has fallen off, as he's lost three of his last five matches.
Meeting Renato Moicano in Fortaleza
FeatherweightUFC
December 14, 2018
Aldo will square off against Renato Moicano at UFC Fortaleza on Feb. 2.
ANALYSIS
The Brazilian pair will be the co-main event in their home country. Aldo bounced back from a run of three defeats in four matches by beating Jeremy Stevens in a first-round TKO at UFC on Fox 30 in July. His opponent is coming off two straight victories and has lost just once in 15 professional fights.
Earns first KO win since 2013 over Jeremy Stephens Saturday
FeatherweightUFC
July 28, 2018
Aldo defeated Jeremy Stephens via TKO (punches) at 4:19 of Round 1 at UFC on FOX 30 on Saturday in Calgary.
ANALYSIS
Aldo's first non-title fight since 2009 results in his first stoppage win since 2013. It didn't come easy. Aldo had to absorb countless monster shots from Stephens before he connected with a strike to the liver that left his opponent in a dire spot. Referee Yves Lavigne gave Stephens plenty of time to recover, but Aldo finished him off. Jose was very emotional afterwards on the heels of his his back-to-back losses to UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway. Aldo has seemingly been around forever, but he will only be 32 years old in September. He's still very much in the title picture.
Looking to bounce back in Calgary
FeatherweightUFC
April 27, 2018
Aldo will fight Jeremy Stephens as one of the co-main events in Calgary on July 28, Daniel Austin of the Calgary Sun reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldo is in serious need of redemption after losing three of his last four matches, two of those losses most recently coming against Max Holloway, each by TKO. A win for Stephens would likely mean a title shot against either Holloway and Brian Ortega, so Aldo has some legitimate momentum to overcome if he's to come out the victor.
Searching for answers after another loss to Max Holloway
FeatherweightUFC
December 2, 2017
Aldo came up short in his quest to regain the UFC Featherweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Max Holloway via TKO (punches) at 4:51 of Round 3 at UFC 219 in Detroit.
ANALYSIS
Much like the first fight, Aldo hung around and fought reasonably well for two rounds before collapsing in Round 3. Aldo's gas tank reached empty in what seemed liked an instant and he had no answer from the relentless combinations of Holloway. Aldo did a better job of mixing in his trademark leg kicks this time around but it was nowhere near enough to defeat the surging champion. It's fair to wonder what is next for the former pound-for-pound king. He has always had a difficult time making the 145-pound featherweight limit and it's fair to wonder if the years of weight cutting is starting to take a toll on his body. It would have been unthinkable a mere 24 months ago, but Aldo's 13-second loss to Conor McGregor in December 2015 has begun a stretch of three setbacks in four fights for the former champion. Aldo's next move is very much in question.