A key featherweight bout between former division champion Jose Aldo and surging contender Alexander Volkanovski took place at tonight’s UFC 237 event.
Aldo had returned to form in recent months, scoring stoppage victories over perennial division contenders Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano in his most recent octagon appearances.
Meanwhile, Volkanovski was last seen in action at December’s UFC 232 event, where he picked up a TKO victory over former title challenger Chad Mendes.
Alexander Volkanovski was able to utilize forward pressure to frustrate and wear down Jose Aldo this evening in Rio.
Volkanovski landed more leg kicks and punches than the former Brazilian champion which resulted in a unanimous decision victory for the Aussie.
Check out how the pros reacted to Alexander Volkanovski defeating Jose Aldo at tonight’s UFC 237 event below.
Most anticipated fight of the year for me. Let’s go Alex. #UFC237
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) May 12, 2019
Aldo looking more like Cage Wall-do this round. *sees myself out* #UFC237
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) May 12, 2019
Aldo looked goo in the first but started to lose the offensive push. Too much waiting for the perfect counter. AV was smart and used his feints and speed to stick and move, then clinch to slow Aldo down. I was waiting for Aldo to switch it up and press. Leg kicks are no joke. https://t.co/CInRAZQcr5
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) May 12, 2019
“‘There goes the consensus greatest featherweight in UFC history Joe, you numpty’- me walking by the mirror in my Jon anik voice” – Conor McGregor
These Brazilian judges are making up for lost time 😂 I think Alex won the fight but I gave the 1st to Aldo
— Luis Antonio Pena (@violentbobross) May 12, 2019
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