Jose Aldo Is Back With A Vengance! KO’s Jeromy Stephens In 1 Round

Jose Aldo Is Back With A Vengance! KO’s Jeromy Stephens In 1 Round

In his first non-title fight in more than nine years, Jose Aldo was hurt, but showed heart to recover and shut down Jeremy Stephens thanks to a wicked punch to the body.

Aldo (27-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who many consider to be the greatest featherweight of all time, showcased his boxing skills with a landed a right to the body, then a left that had Stephens (28-15 MMA, 15-14 UFC) doubled over and quickly on the canvas. From there, Aldo poured it on to get the finish at the 4:19 mark of the first round.

Aldo won the WEC’s featherweight title in November 2009. He became the UFC’s inaugural featherweight champion when the WEC and UFC merged in 2010. He defended his title until a loss to Conor McGregor in 2015. In his next fight, he won the interim belt and later was promoted to full champion again. But then he lost the title to current champ Max Holloway, and lost a rematch with him, as well. But all told, he had 14 consecutive title fights over about an eight-year period until tonight’s bout with Stephens.

Aldo opened strong with leg kicks, before slowing down and facing the wrath of Stephens. Aldo employed a huge hook to the body that spelled the beginning of the end.

“The champion is back,” Aldo said through a translator after the fight. “I just have to keep it up.”

Aldo snapped a two-fight skid of title-fight losses to champ Max Holloway for his first win in more than two years. Stephens had a three-fight winning streak snapped.

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