Aldo Reflects On Knockout Loss Against McGregor

On top of the MMA world for about ten years, Jose Aldo’s run as UFC Featherweight Champion will go down as legendary. The fall from grace, however, only took thirteen seconds.

Aldo (28-6) was set to defend his title against Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in 2015. Getting into his head, McGregor’s brash confidence was fairly new to the MMA world. Aldo tried playing along, but he could not keep up inside the octagon. A streak that started in Gold Fighters Championship in 2006 was broken, just like that.

What exactly happened that led to the loss? Speaking to MMA Fighting, Aldo talked about the moment that changed the course of his career.

“We never expect to lose — and lose like that,” Aldo stated. “It’s a sport and it’s 50-50, of course, it could happen one day. As long as we’re fighting, losing is a possibility, but I was so confident in my head going into this fight. ‘No, I’m super well-prepared, I can’t see how this guy wins.’ For everything that was said and everything that was going on, my team and I were positive that we would get there and defeat him. And that’s not what happened.”

Before the loss, Aldo, was a WEC Featherweight Champion, beating the likes of Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson. He was then promoted to UFC Champion and beat Mark Hominick in his first defense of the belt. From there, he beat a who’s who of fighters, including Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung. Following the McGregor loss, Aldo has gone 3-4 in his last seven bouts.

Aldo beat Edgar again right after the McGregor bout for the interim title, and was once again undisputed champion due to McGregor not defending the belt. With doubts about whether he was the same fighter, Aldo worked on himself mentally and physically to secure his spot once again.

“Right after that I said, ‘no, I’m the champion, that was only one fact that will never happen again in my life. That’s why I have to train twice as hard, see the mistakes I made and never make them again,’” Aldo went on to say.

Aldo would then lose to Max Holloway twice, and once again the title was taken away from him. Fighting his way back up the mountain, Aldo won two in a row before losing to future champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Now in the bantamweight division (losing to Marlon Moraes in his debut), Aldo’s reflection of his loss can potentially result in a new run at the top. The key question will be if time is on his side.

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