Chad Mendes said it best in an Instagram post following his knockout loss to Frankie Edgar at the TUF 22 Finale on Friday. “We face the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in this sport. We win and we lose but ultimately life goes on.”
Jose Aldo who was on top of the featherweight division since the division was introduced in the UFC also faced a crushing knockout defeat just a day after Mendes. Interestingly Mendes has also been on the losing end against Aldo twice, with their first fight ending by way of knockout and their second match going the distance.
Now both warriors have suffered stoppages from the new featherweight king Conor McGregor.
After Aldo’s loss to McGregor on Saturday night, this photo was taken of the two former opponents hugging. MMA Junkie reporter Chamatkar Sandhu tweeted “This sport constantly provides us with some powerful imagery. Here’s Chad Mendes embracing Jose Aldo after UFC 194.”
This sport constantly provides us with some powerful imagery. Here's Chad Mendes embracing Jose Aldo after UFC 194. pic.twitter.com/zXVNZH71nS
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) December 13, 2015
Just as Mendes said, the former opponents will now look to get back to the highest of highs after coming off their lowest of lows, and ultimately life will go on.