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Aldo And Edgar Are Not The Walking Dead

After Jose Aldo lost back-to-back fights against Max Holloway at UFC 212 and UFC 218 (see it), many felt “Junior’s” time in mixed martial arts (MMA) was slowly coming to an uninspiring end thanks to the knockout blows.

Once Frankie Edgar was finished for the first time by Brian Ortega at UFC 222 earlier this month (see it again here), critics started whispering that perhaps “The Answer’s” skills were diminishing a bit and couldn’t hang with the top up-and-coming young studs.

According to Holloway, though, Aldo and Edgar are still two elite combatants, and people need to stop delivering their eulogies because they are still alive and kicking.

“Me and Frankie [Edgar] still got unfinished business. Everyone is talking about Frankie and [Jose] Aldo like they’re two dead guys. They say, ‘Too washed up.’ They’re still animals. They’ve been at the top of the heap,” proclaimed Max during a recent interview with MMA Junkie.

“They’ve been top-five, top-three in any division they were in, forever. People keep talking about how these guys are old; we’ll see. You can’t speak on it yet. It’s a couple losses. It’s MMA.”

Holloway was quick to praise Edgar after his knockout loss for stepping up to face Ortega when he already had a title shot in the bag. And though Edgar had never experienced it up until March 3, 2018, “getting caught” is part of the game.

“You get caught. Frankie, Aldo, these guys are not dead. They’re mid-30s and they’re fighting. People act like Frankie and Aldo are not the top-three guys. They’re still ranked in the top-three with [Brian] Ortega,” he said.

While a trilogy fight against Aldo — who will face Jeremy Stephens at UFC ‘Singapore’ on June 23 — is unlikely, getting re-booked to face Edgar is still a very real scenario.

“Come on, guys. Let’s be serious, let’s be real. These guys are not dead, they’re not gone. They’re still around. We’ll see what happens. But right now, the path is going a different way for me with Ortega and I’m focused,” he concluded

Edgar — who has two losses to Aldo — is set to face off against Cub Swanson at UFC Fight Night 128 on April 21 in Atlantic City.

And if history has shown us anything, a couple of impressive victories is all Edgar needs to convince the promotion to give him another title fight.

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Aldo: Edgar Made The ‘Biggest Mistake’

Frankie Edgar may have helped save UFC 222, but the cost was too high as far as Jose Aldo is concerned.

You won’t find former featherweight champion Jose Aldo sticking his neck out for the UFC these days. He’s been feeling unappreciated from the moment the promotion started favoring Conor McGregor over him, and actions like not granting him an immediate rematch against McGregor and not allowing him to box like McGregor haven’t helped. From this mindset comes a very obvious take on Frankie Edgar’s unfortunate loss to Brian Ortega at UFC 222.

”I just thought it was a mistake on Edgar’s end to fight Brian, who’s a very tough guy,” he said on Brazil’s ‘Giro Combate’ show (translation via MMA Junkie). “He would have fought for the title, but he risked that and lost. Now he’s all the way back there again. I think that was his biggest mistake.”

Aldo is currently trying to be strategic about getting back to his former featherweight title. With two recent losses to champ Max Holloway, he knows he’s not going to get another shot until something changes at the top of the division. That’s why he’s currently calling out tough journeyman Jeremy Stephens, lest Sean Shelby match him up against another surging youngster like Ortega. If Aldo is going to fight someone like that, it better be for a belt.

“For me, a better scenario would be for Brian to win,” Aldo said when asked about the inevitable Holloway vs. Ortega fight. “Because this way I know I have big chances of fighting for the title again.”

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Midnight Mania! Jose Aldo Wants Jeremy Stephens at UFC 224

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Jeremy Stephens might just not be getting a title shot just yet- but he could be getting a high-profile contender’s bout. According to MMAFighting.com, Jose Aldo wants to fight “Lil Heathen” in Brazil.

Aldo said that the UFC originally approached him with the idea of fighting in April, but it would be too soon for him to get back in action. With the company returning to Rio de Janeiro for UFC 224, Aldo wants a featherweight clash with Stephens.

“I asked to fight him, he asked to fight me, so it will be a great fight,” Aldo said. “I’m waiting for them to set it up.”

It’s a fresh matchup for both fighters. Aldo, despite being the greatest featherweight in UFC history, has suffered back to back losses to young champion Max “Blessed” Holloway. Jeremy Stephens, after a long career of inconsistency, has managed to parley his power and experience into three consecutive wins at featherweight, taking out Gilbert Melendez and prospects Doo Ho Choi and Josh Emmett.

This clash is fascinating given both fighter’s reliance on dissuading opponents with their power and athletic striking games. Both fighters have lost to champion Max Holloway in his current run, but if Brian Ortega were to capture the title, all bets are off.

UFC 224 is scheduled to be headlined by Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against Raquel Pennington.


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Jose Aldo issues statement following second loss to Max Holloway at UFC 218

The long-time Featherweight champ shares some words following his latest defeat in Detroit.

With the unexpected removal of Frankie Edgar from UFC 218 weeks before the event with a broken orbital, Jose Aldo was called up and sat poised to retake the featherweight title that had once been his for so long. Unfortunately, things didn’t go his way in the rematch against Max Holloway, and the rugged Brazilian warrior fell in the third round to Holloway’s relentless assault.

Now Aldo has released a statement via social media.

“I only have to thank my family that I love for everything, and my team Nova Uniao, the best in the world, for making me great and champion, and my friends and fans that are always with me,” Aldo wrote. “Thank you all! I will be always optimistic because believing is the first step to making it happen.”

The loss to Holloway puts Aldo in the unfortunate position of having lost to the current champion twice, basically eliminating his chance of another shot at the title so long as “Blessed” holds the belt. It’s unclear whether the 145-pound legend will continue to fight at that weight class, and also uncertain that he continues fighting in UFC at all after the last two bouts on his contract are up.

In the past Aldo has talked about a move to 155, or even a move to boxing. Now might be a good time for either of those moves, as he looked completely destroyed on the scale during the UFC 218 weigh-ins. And if fighting in the UFC is getting old for him, maybe there’ll be a spot for him in the upcoming boxing events the UFC is working on putting together?

Whatever the case, no one can deny the amazing things Aldo did over his 13 year career and eight years at the top of the Featherweight division as champion.

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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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Max Holloway Declines ‘Best Ever’ Label Following Second Victory Over Jose Aldo

Sports entertainment star Ric Flair coined the phrase, “To be the man, you gotta beat the man.”
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