UFC Fortaleza is officially in the books, with many memorable performances. Damian Maia finally got back to his winning ways by defeating Lyman Good via submission in round 1. With that win Maia is officially tied for second place with most wins in the UFC. Him and former UFC champion Michael Bisping both have 20 wins in the UFC. The only fighter who has more wins then Maia and Bisping is Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (22 wins). Charles Oliveira submitted David Teymur in the second round; Oliveria now has 13 submissions in the UFC, which is an all time record. Johnny Walker absolutely decimated Justin Ledet, finishing Ledet via TKO only 15 seconds into round one. Marlon Moraes stopped Raphael Assuncao in round one via submission. Assuncao was on a 4 fight-winning streak before this fight, which included a split decision win over Moraes. Moraes is now most likely to get a title shot against TJ Dillashaw next. There was one person who really stole the show though, and that was none other then the UFC Legend Jose Aldo.
Aldo took on one of the most promising young talents in the UFC Renato Moicano. It was almost guaranteed Moicano would get a title shot if he beat Aldo. A lot of people (including myself) favored Moicano heading into this fight. The only man to beat Moicano before this was was Brian Ortega, who just recently suffered his first loss in the UFC to featherweight champion Max Holloway. The crowd heavily favored Aldo even though Moicano is from Brazil himself. Aldo turned back the clock and showed Moicano there are levels to MMA, beating him via TKO in round 2.
After suffering an absolutely devastating loss to Conor McGregor back in 2015, and losing to Holloway twice in 2017; it’s starting to look like Jose Aldo is back to his winning ways. He is now on a two fight win streak beating Jeremy Stephens in 2018, and now Renato Moicano in 2019. This is by far the most motivated Aldo has looked since his 2015 loss to McGregor. Aldo’s next fight will most likely not be for the featherweight title, but he did say he wants his next fight to be at UFC 237 in Curitiba Brazil. Right after Aldo’s impressive performance Brian Ortega tweeted “let’s start negotiating”. Ortega is ranked number 1 and Aldo is ranked number 2 in the featherweight rankings. Usually when the number 1 and number 2 contenders fight in any weight division it means the winner will get a title shot.
If Ortega and Aldo agree to fight in Curitiba they’d add to an already impressive card. The main event for UFC 237 is rumored to be Amanda Nunes vs Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight title. The co-main event is already set in place as strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will defend he 115 pound strap against Jessica Andrade. If Aldo and Ortega fight one thing is guaranteed, and that’s absolute fire works in one of the most high level featherweight fights in the history of MMA.
Stephen Caloggero (@Steveo_calo)