Can Jose Aldo regain his championship form?

Can José Aldo Return to Championship Form?

  • BantamWeight
  • Conor McGregor
  • Jeremy Stephens
  • Jose Aldo
  • Marlon Moraes
  • Max Holloway
  • MMA
  • Odds
  • UFC
By Benjamin Saxton July 1, 2020 0 Comment
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Can José Aldo bounce back at UFC 251?

José Aldo has been dominating the featherweight division for most of his UFC career. He made his UFC debut back in 2011 and didn’t lose until 2015, to the left hand of Conor McGregor. Before that, he held an 18 fight win streak dating back to 2005.  José Aldo holds a professional record of 28 wins and 6 losses. Since his loss to Connor McGregor back in 2015, Aldo has lost 5 of his last 8 fights.

Downward Spiral

José Aldo has been on a downward spiral. His last four losses were at the hands of some really tough competitors. In 2017, he lost the featherweight belt to the #1 ranked featherweight per the UFC rankings. To former featherweight champ, Max Holloway.

In 2018, Aldo only had one fight in which he beat #9 ranked Jeremy Stephens by TKO, earning a fight of the night honor for his performance.

On February 2, 2019, Aldo finished his next opponent Renato Moicano by TKO while earning another fight of the night.

José Aldo didn’t finish 2019 very strongly, losing his next two fights. He lost a unanimous decision to the current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. The other loss was to #1 ranked bantamweight Marlon Moraes.

A move to bantamweight

Henry Cejudo shocked the world with an announcement to retire from the UFC. That opened the door for José Aldo to make the move to Bantamweight. His debut was ruined by the very skillful Marlon Moraes. It wasn’t a complete defeat as Moraes won by a split decision. Many believed that fight could have gone either way on the judges scorecards.

This change is exactly what José Aldo needs. He needs a new challenge in a different weight class. This opportunity will bring all-new challengers. While the move down will allow him to utilize his size over the others, conquering the division will not be an easy task.

On the night of July 11th, 2020, José Aldo will have the opportunity to fight for the empty bantamweight championship against #3 ranked Petr Yan. Many criticized the match up because they felt Aldo didn’t deserve it. He is on a two-fight losing streak, and now 0-1 in the bantamweight division.

Silence the critics

Not too many people get multiple title shots, let alone on a losing streak. However, very few fighters have dominated a division as José Aldo has. He has the skills to dominate the bantamweight division, but this is a critical moment for his career. He is 33 years of age and has a few solid years left. A loss takes him out of contention for quite some time, and may never recover.

He needs to come out and put on the show like he has been doing for the last decade. If he uses those devastating leg kicks, Petr will not be able to just stand there and box. José Aldo has the ability to become a two-division champ and leave his mark in the annals of UFC history.

Don’t Sleep on Aldo the money hasn’t

Petr Yan opened as a -240 favorite and José Aldo was +205. Since then the line has come down 6.7% per BestFightingodds. This is telling me either people are finding value in Aldo as the dog or public money is flooding to the popular name.

And why wouldn’t you, the guy has been so dominating over the last decade. Aldo lost a very close split decision to the #1 ranked contender. Keep a close eye on the line as the fight inches closer to see where the sharp money gets in.

José Aldo has a lot on the line and my gut tells me he gets the job done. We will have to wait and see July 11th, 2o2o for UFC 251.

 

 

 

 

 

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