Former featherweight champion José Aldo took on an extremely dangerous Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of UFC Calgary this weekend. Aldo, with two consecutive losses against champ Max Holloway and Stephens on a three fight winning streak, came in as a heavy underdog.
Aldo suffered some adversity earlier on the the round but landed as we call a ‘body shot from hell’ folding Stephens on the canvas for a first round stoppage victory.
Aldo had his back against the wall, proved that the legend has much more left in him. Aldo received a lot of praise from the entire MMA community. Weighed on the topic was Aldo’s arch rival ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor.
Aldo took on McGregor at UFC 194 back in December 2015 after an earlier booking of UFC 189 in July was cancelled due to Aldo pulling out. McGregor knocked out Aldo in mere 13 seconds to end his decade long title reign. The duo shared a lot of bad blood and animosity which carried on after the fight as well. McGregor however was happy for Aldo.
“I’m so happy for him,” McGregor said in an interview with TMZ this week. “To see the joy he had after [the win]… It’s a crazy business and I know he’s gone through a lot of stuff, so to see him come back with that great finish, I was very happy for him and his coach Andre Pederneiras. The whole of Ireland was happy for Jose Aldo that night.”