When Jose Aldo stepped into the cage in front of thousands of Brazilian fans in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend, his intention was to improve his win streak to three-straight. Unfortunately, his UFC 237 opponent Alex Volkanovski had other plans.
After three rounds, the former UFC featherweight champion had been outfought, and his win streak was no more.
Speaking on his official Instagram account on Monday morning, Aldo issued a quick statement on his UFC 237 decision loss to Alex Volkanovski. See this post, along with a loose English translation (via Google Translate), below:
Jose Aldo Post-Fight Statement:
“I would like to thank everyone who was there and thanked everyone in the arena and in their homes thank you very much, thank all my team @dede_pederneiras @mabogea @guidarellif the trainers @emersonfalcaovieira @aleksandrofg @piratiev_oficial @rafaelviniciusbertho put me like I’ve never been before!
But I have never fought so badly in my life without excuses because I am not of this, but I know of my ability and talent and I can not do it, without taking the merits of my opponent who made his fight but I am sad with myself and I transfer everything in myself because I let it happen and I did not do the fight I was supposed to do.
It’s over now and we’re going to the next! 👊🏽⭐️🥇” – Jose Aldo on Instagram
With this UFC 237 setback, Jose Aldo returns to the loss column after back-to-back stoppage defeats of top contenders Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano. The Brazilian featherweight, widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, is now 28-5 overall.
Volkanovski, meanwhile, improved to a fantastic 19-1 with the victory. He’s now adamant that he deserves the next crack at UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway — and it’s hard to argue with him.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/13/2019.