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Rio de Janeiro’s Jose Aldo earns 9th UFC win

Jose Aldo (Facebook/Jose Aldo)

Jose Aldo (Facebook/Jose Aldo)

Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jose “Scarface” Aldo, 31, has earned his ninth win in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Recently, he defeated Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens, 32, of Des Moines, Iowa, United States.

Aldo and Stephens competed in the featherweight division at “UFC on Fox 30,” which took place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on July 28, 2018. It was the 12th among the 13 bouts of the evening.

Referee Yves Lavigne put a stop to the featherweight bout between Aldo and Stephens at 4:19 of Round 1. The Brazilian fighter knocked out his American opponent via punches.

By defeating Stephens at “UFC on Fox 30,” Aldo improved his professional mixed martial arts record to 27 wins and 4 losses. This is a redemptive win for the Brazilian contender who was coming out of two consecutive losses to Max “Blessed” Holloway, 26, of Waianae, Hawaii, USA, who is the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion.

As the first UFC Featherweight Champion, Aldo reigned from November 10, 2010 to July 11, 2015. The Rio de Janeiro native lost the title to Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 30, of Dublin, Ireland at “UFC 189.”

On July 9, 2016, Aldo became the UFC Interim Featherweight Champion by defeating Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, 36, of Toms River, New Jersey, USA in a rematch at “UFC 200.” On November 26, 2016, McGregor was stripped of his title so Also was promoted to the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion.

On December 10, 2016, Holloway became the new UFC Interim Featherweight Champion by defeating Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, 31, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA at “UFC 2016.” On June 3, 2017, the Hawaiian fighter became the undisputed champion after knocking out Aldo via punches in the title unification bout at “UFC 212.”

On December 2, 2017, Aldo competed against Holloway again. The Hawaiian champ successfully defended his title by knocking out his Brazilian challenger again via punches at “UFC 218.”

Aside from Edgar and Stephens, the other UFC fighters who lost to Aldo were Mark “The Machine” Hominick, 36, of London, Ontario, Canada, Kenny “Ken Flo” Florian, 42, of Westwood, Massachusetts, USA, Chad “Money” Mendes, 33, of Hanford, California, USA, “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, 31, of Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang, South Korea and Ricardo “The Bully” Lamas, 36, of Chicago, Illinois, USA. Like Edgar, Mendes lost to Aldo twice.

Losing to Aldo at “UFC on Fox 30” downgraded Stephens’ professional MMA record to 28 wins and 15 losses. Here is Aldo right after earning his ninth UFC win:

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