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Former champ Jose Aldo after UFC 212 loss: ‘I’ll be back’

PHOTOGRAPH: Maddox/Wikimedia Commons | Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo finally broke his silence after losing to Max Holloway at UFC 212 on Saturday night. Aldo thanked his coach and team for helping him throughout his journey and vowed to bounce back in his next fight.

“I can only thank Andre Pederneiras and the best team in the world, Nova Uniao, because if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the the people’s champ. All my coaches, who did a very good job and got me ready. And to all the fans who are always with me, here’s my appreciation and my “thank you so much.” I’m even speechless to talk about all the affection that I have gotten and am still getting, to every kind word that I receive. Thank you. The rest, (expletive) it, because I’ll be back. Because we fall so we can rise again. So that’s it. We’ll be back,” Aldo wrote on his Instagram account translated by MMAjunkie.

UFC 212 Result: Max Holloway beats Jose Aldo via TKO

At UFC 212, Jose Aldo and Max Holloway faced each other to unify the featherweight title. Before the bout, several MMA trainers, including Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, gave their predictions. Five out of nine MMA trainers predicted Holloway beating Aldo in the title unification bout.

Aldo started the fight aggressively, eyeing an early victory against Holloway. However, Holloway managed to find his rhythm late in the second round. He continued his dominance in the third round and defeated Aldo via TKO in front of his home crowd.

The UFC 212 marked the second loss of Jose Aldo after losing the belt to Conor McGregor at UFC 194. Since then, Aldo has been campaigning for a rematch against “The Notorious.” Unfortunately, after failing to unify the belt, his chance of fighting McGregor for the second time is now close to impossible.

What’s next for Jose Aldo?

Before the fight, Jose Aldo revealed his plan to move to another division and have superfights. After losing, it remains questionable if he will still proceed with his plan. As of now, all he needs to do is to rebuild his reputation in the featherweight division.

New UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway opens the possibility of giving Aldo a rematch. However, Holloway is more interested in fighting former champ Frankie Edgar next. UFC featherweight contender Cub Swanson also expressed his intention to challenge Holloway and explained why he deserved to be given a title shot.

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