The Pro Take: The King of Rio Jose Aldo Victorious at UFC 265

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With Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena off the card due to Nunes testing positive for COVID-19, the UFC 265 main card needed a co-main event. Replacing the bantamweight title fight was fan favorite and former 145lb champ Jose Aldo, looking for a second straight bantamweight win against Pedro Munhoz!

Jose Aldo, a legend of the sport of MMA, was looking to keep the momentum train moving after his win over Marlon “Chito” Vera. Aldo has always been a staple at the top of the mountain and after a three-fight losing streak, critics were looking to write his legacy off into the sunset. However, “The King of Rio” had other plans with the unanimous decision over a tough opponent like Vera. To get another shot at a title and to silence the critics who were waiting in the wings to bring up the retirement talk, Aldo needed to walk through fire once again at against the dangerous Pedro Munhoz.

It was only right to have Pedro Munhoz in the co-main event spot, as he has been putting on Fight of the Night performances in his last two trips to the octagon. Munhoz had a chance to add Jose Aldo to his list of vanquished opponents and with a win over a big name like Aldo, maybe the UFC brass would rank him closer to a title shot.

It was a close first round in the UFC 265 co-main event, but Aldo looked to pull away on the score cards in rounds two and three. The patient and defensive Jose Aldo earned the decision victory with his crisp boxing and vicious jab.


Check out how the pros reacted to the UFC 265 co-main event below.