Unsurprisingly, Aldo’s successful steps onto the scale generated some interesting reactions from the combat sports world on social media.
See what people had to say below:
Tremendously done José! pic.twitter.com/NJKJNcgBLn
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 13, 2019
136 pounds for Jose Aldo. He did it. #UFC245
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 13, 2019
Well he didn't look good.. but he wasn't no Aspen Ladd. Think I'm gonna wait until after the Marlon fight to decide if Aldo to 135 was a catastrophic idea or not.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 13, 2019
Here comes Jose Aldo. And 'The King of Rio' hits 136 lbs. with a smile. All set for the bantamweight debut. It's one thing to make the weight. It's another thing to fight at the weight. We'll see how it goes tomorrow, but props to Aldo. #UFC245
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) December 13, 2019
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 13, 2019
Jose Aldo, surprisingly, to me, looked good on the scales at 136 pounds. #UFC245
— Cole Shelton (@ColeShelton91) December 13, 2019
I'm glad Aldo made weight — that's always better than missing — but I don't think we should necessarily celebrate successful, yet still drastic, weight cuts.
— Nick Baldwin (@NickBaldwinMMA) December 13, 2019
— James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) December 13, 2019
I am shocked Jose Aldo made weight.
Proved my stupid ass wrong. #UFC245
— Ben Kiely (@TheJivemaster) December 13, 2019
Needless to say, there was a blend of shock and relief when Jose Aldo made weight.
As several of the Tweeters above reminded, however, his work is not yet done.
Tomorrow night, he’ll have to defeat Marlon Moraes, a recent UFC bantamweight title challenger, and the former World Series of Fighting bantamweight champion. Not only is Moraes a dangerous fight for any bantamweight in the world, but any potential ill effects of Aldo’s extreme weight cut are unlikely to manifest themselves until the fight is underway. Questions surrounding his durability and cardio will simply not be answered until he’s in the cage.
Jose Aldo has not fought since May, when he was defeated by Alexander Volkanovski, who is set to challenge Max Holloway for the featherweight title in the UFC 245 co-main event. This featherweight loss signalled his drop down to bantamweight. In fact, Aldo has admitted he likely wouldn’t have changed weight-classes were it not for that setback.
“That loss came in a good moment,” he said during a recent media scrum. “Sometimes it’s better to take three steps back to move two steps forward. I’ve learned from that. [Coach Andre Pederneiras] came right after that with the idea of fighting at bantamweight, a challenge that lit up the fire to compete more.”
What was your reaction to Jose Aldo making weight? How do you think he’ll perform in his debut in the division tomorrow night? Join the conversation in the comments section down below.
This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/13/2019.