Jose Also is finally back in the win column in the bantamweight division as he beat Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night 183.
Jose Aldo proved yet again that he’s still one of the best fighters in the world no matter the weight class where he’s competing.
Coming off a tough loss in a bantamweight title fight to reigning champion Petr Yan in his last appearance, Aldo had something to prove while facing a legit challenger in Marlon “Chito” Vera in the UFC Vegas 17 co-main event. Over three rounds, Aldo looked strong on the feet as he attacked with body shots and leg kicks while also mixing in some late grappling superiority to win a unanimous decision. The judges all scored the fight 29-28 as Aldo earns his first win at 135 pounds.
“Important to get back in the win column,” Aldo said afterwards. “I trained hard for this.”
It was Vera who wasted no time closing the distance on Aldo when the fight got started but the Brazilian legend was quick to shrug him off to reset in the center of the cage. At the striking range, Aldo was sharp with his combinations as he started digging to the ribs with a series of brutal body shots. On the mat, Aldo took the back and locked up a body triangle while peppering Vera with punches to maintain control. Aldo even threw a late rear-naked choke attempt at Vera before the fight ended but he still did more than enough to secure the decision victory.
Following the decision victory over Vera, Jose took to his social media to release a statement to his fans. Check out what the legend wrote on his Instagram below.
Today I came to fight, to win! First of all, I thank God, my master Dede Pederneiras, my coaches, my doctor, CEFAN, my family, and EVERYONE who accompanied me here. I just have to thank you!
Jose Aldo is interested in TJ Dillashaw fight
Earlier in the week, Jose said he wasn’t going anywhere except back to the top of the bantamweight rankings as he continued to hunt for a second UFC title. Following his win on Saturday night, Aldo aimed a former champion who is about to be cleared for a return to action in January.
“As far as the next fight it would be [T.J.] Dillashaw,” he said during his post-fight interview. “Dana [White], make it happen.”
“I don’t have anything personally with T.J.,” he told MMA Junkie at the UFC Fight Night 183 post-fight news conference while sporting a festive Christmas hat. “I just want to make a great fight for the fans. I think T.J. is a great former champion. I think this fight makes sense for everybody.
Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has not competed since failing a USADA drug test in January 2019. The test, which was a positive flagging for EPO, was in conjunction with his UFC flyweight title fight loss to then-champion Henry Cejudo. A former UFC bantamweight champion, Dillashaw will be allowed to return to action in January 2021.
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