Nova União coach Andre Pederneiras doesn’t agree with Jose Aldo that his fight against Max Holloway was stopped too early.
For the first time in his career, featherweight great Jose Aldo received a beating at UFC 212 against Max Holloway.
‘Scarface’ was knocked out in just thirteen seconds against Conor McGregor at UFC 194 but had never been methodically picked apart the way ‘Blessed’ did to him at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Area on Saturday night.
Aldo, a two-time featherweight champion, was TKO’d by Holloway in the third round of their headlining title unification bout. Holloway rocked Aldo with a crisp 1-2 combination and proceeded to batter the Brazilian on the ground, forcing referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy to intervene when Aldo was unable to intelligently defend himself.
Aldo, 30, believes the fight was stopped early but hasn’t had a chance to watch the replay. Nova União head coach and mentor Andre Pederneiras disagrees and believes Aldo will change his mind after watching the fight back.
“He thought Big John stopped it early, but I don’t have the same opinion,” Pederneiras told Combate (h/t Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). “I’m sure that, when he watches the video, he will change his mind. I saw no way how he would recover in the fourth round after so many punches to the head. It would be hard Holloway not to hunt him after that.”
Aldo, who has arguably the best leg kicks in the game, didn’t utilize any kicks against Holloway. This left many fans puzzled, but Pederneiras explained why he was so cautious.
“I think Aldo didn’t do some things that we trained, like takedowns, for an example,” he said. “And when you don’t use all your weapons, it gets complicated. Many people asked why he didn’t kicked, but, considering Holloway’s stance in the fight, there was the risk of Aldo throwing a kick and falling back down.”
Pederneiras isn’t sure what’s next for his prized student but believes he will reclaim the title in the near-future.
“You have to put your head in the pillow and relax, because the athlete can’t make any decisions after a loss like this. Nothing good ever comes out. “He will play foot volley and relax. We’ll talk later. He’ll go on a vacation and relax. Actually, Aldo has a really good head. There was the (Conor) McGregor loss and right after he had the title fight with Frankie (Edgar), he went there and delivered. When he has his head well, he’ll come back to win.
“Max had a great achievement for the division, defeating an athlete who’s there for a long time, UFC champion, and I believe his next fight will be against Frankie Edgar. If Frankie wins, Aldo is back in a title fight, especially because he already beat him twice.”
Aldo’s championship loss at UFC 212 marks the third loss of his career and, despite losing the featherweight belt, is still considered one of the best fighters in the world and is ranked in the top ten pound-for-pound rankings.