Max Holloway (19-3) defended his 145-pound title for the first time at UFC 218 on Saturday, December 2, defeating Aldo (26-4) via TKO in the third round inside Little Caesars Arena.
During their first fight at UFC 212, Champ Holloway defeated Aldo the same way via TKO in the third in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since the loss, Jose Aldo didn’t speak to the media, but his team of coaches fires back at the critics about his performance especially Aldo’s kickboxing coach Emerson “Falcao” Vieira came to defend his trainee via social media.
“Many talk, few know. This is the truth, Brazilians are used to idolizing crooks and crucifying heroes. It’s almost cultural. Who should be supporting us is pointing fingers, criticizing and judging without having any knowledge to talk about the topic. We’re used to fighting rivals and receive critics from the ones who were supposed be on our side.
“Yesterday, our champion Jose Aldo did his part, fought bravely against a really tough opponent, who was superior in the fight and won, like [Aldo] did for many years and still has what it takes to do. Sports are like this, nothing and no one will erase your story in life and in fighting. Your friends and teammates are proud of everything you’ve already done and will still do. Nothing changed. We lost a battle, but war continues.”
Aldo’s coach indicated the culture surrounding Brazilian idols, and how Aldo should remain one despite coming up short at UFC 218 event.
With his recent loss to Holloway, Aldo moved to 26-4 and is only 2-3 in his last five fights.