Count out Jose Aldo at your peril.
In Calgary, Canada, the former UFC featherweight champion reminded fans just how great he was, after a brilliant back and forth first round came to an end when Aldo hit Jeremy Stephens with a brutal body punch. Stephens, renowned for his toughness, could do nothing to hide the pain as he crumpled to the canvas. A few unanswered punches later, and Aldo stood victorious after back to back losses against Max Holloway.
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WHAT. A. BODY SHOT. @josealdojunior gets the TKO win over Jeremy Stephens. pic.twitter.com/Gcg4H7fUJn
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Aldo was visibly emotional after the contest, breaking down in tears at the stoppage.
“I was a bit worried about losing the fight, but I was practising a lot and I’m glad to pull through,” Aldo said speaking post fight. “The champion is back, I just got to keep it up.”