I have re-watched the artistry that was Jose Aldo’s body shot on Jeremy Stephens a few times now. The combo that he threw to signal the beginning of the end was reminiscent of Donald Cerrone’s combo that took Rick Story out. While the combos were different, it was like watching a masterpiece being painted.
Jose Aldo showed that as long as he’s conscious, he is dangerous. Aldo was going through a bit of a rough patch that saw him go 1-3 since 2015. In his first non-title fight since 2009, Aldo really needed to show that he was still a threat. After last night, I think he has proved that he is.
The knock on him was that he was ‘chinny’ now after years of competition. He seemed to take Stephens’ best shots and never looked out of the fight. Then came the right hand up top and the left to the body that folded Stephens. While Stephens protested the stoppage, it was undeniable that Aldo had crushed him. Stephens has been on a roll and the win proved to be an emotional one for Aldo.
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