- Tarrian Rodgers
Jose Aldo defeats heavy favorite Rob Font in unanimous decision
At 35 year old, Jose Aldo turned back the clock on Saurday as he had a vintage performance defeating up-coming star Rob Font. Aldo’s place in MMA history books is already solidified as arguably the greatest featherweight of all time, and his résumé is good enough to be on the short list of the best MMA fighters ever.
Aldo dominated his younger foe, showing he has plenty left in the tank to make another title run winning via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46). Aldo was the aggressor from the early offset of the fight, hitting Font several times with right hands and landing hard leg kicks and damaging hooks to the body. He looked like the Aldo of old while also mixing in superior grappling. Aldo rocked or dropped Font in every round except for the third. Font had moments but never hurt Aldo the way Aldo hurt him.
"I want to be a champion in this division, and I'm working toward that," Aldo said through an interpreter in his post fight interview. "Nobody is gonna stop me." The landscape of UFC’s lightweight division is extremely murky with champion Aljamain Sterling dealing with neck injuries forcing him to not fight since March. UFC named Petr Yan interim champion while Sterling gets healthier. The next big fight in that division is likely Sterling vs Yan. Aldo provided a huge statement with his win. In his statement he called another shot.
"Dillashaw is right there," Aldo said. "Let me fight Dillashaw." TJ Dillashaw, who beat Cory Sandhagen over the summer in his return from a two-year doping suspension. Dillashaw is currently recovering from knee surgery. Whatever Aldo decides for his future he will be hard to beat. This is Aldo's first three-fight winning streak since his 18-fight winning streak was broken in 2015 by Conor McGregor.