Aldo Keeps Moving

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Becoming a UFC champion is the greatest accomplishment in the sport of mixed martial arts. If there is a second place holder for the greatest achievement possible in the game, it would probably be achieving longevity at the highest level.

Since opening up his professional career with a first-round head kick knockout victory back in 2004, Jose Aldo has gone on to accomplish both. The spectacular journey of the former Featherweight champion spans 16 years, 37 fights, a WEC Championship, and a UFC Championship. After all of that time and all of the glory, all indications are that it isn’t over yet, far from it.

At UFC Vegas 44, Aldo looks to make it 3 wins in a row when he takes on the streaking Rob Font. Aldo enters this fight coming off wins over the top tier at 135 and with his sights set firmly on getting back to the title.

His foe for UFC Vegas 44 is Rob Font. Font is coming off of the biggest win of his career, a 5 round fight versus Cody Garbrandt. In this fight against Aldo, the tough-as-nails Massachusetts native is in for an opportunity of a lifetime. While it hasn’t been stated by anyone of authority with the UFC, an impressive win over the former champion would be sure to put him right into title contention.

In a division as deep as bantamweight, you have to be well-rounded, and Font is just that. He likes to keep a high guard, has a great jab, likes to switch stances, and is very cognizant of distance control. He keeps his head off of the centerline, and looks to move forward and land that one bomb.

Fonts is both patient and efficient. He knows when to throw combos and when to keep it simple and stick to the jab in search of the opening. For all the great qualities he has, he does tend to eat leg kicks, and if he was fighting the Aldo of 2013, stylistically this fight wouldn’t favor him.

But it’s not 2013, it’s 2021 and the Aldo he is facing isn’t the Aldo of yesteryear. However, just because The Brazillian has all but abandoned his heavy kicking game, and is maybe a step slower in the speed department, it doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of taking out the up and comer.

The fanduel betting odds have Aldo as a (+126) underdog to Font’s (-154), which is understandable. It’s a fight that’s very close on paper and has the potential for any number of outcomes.

While Aldo doesn’t close the distance with a surge of speed like he did years back, he has adjusted his approach that best suits his 35-year-old battle tested body. A much heavier boxing game has proven to be successful for him over the past couple of years since coming down to 135, and if this fight remains upright, it’s bound to be an entertaining affair either way.

On media day this week when asked if a win on Saturday would earn him another crack at the title, Aldo told the media that he thinks he would need at least another win before getting another opportunity to be in the rare company that has held UFC world titles in two weight classes

It’s a pretty amazing thing to hear from The Brazilian at this juncture, considering a few years ago, talks of retirement were more prevalent than any desire to climb the rankings. But things change, and change doesn’t always go the way of winding things down. As far as the Featherweight champion is concerned, there is still a lot of runway left yet.

“If you look at Glover Teixeira, I’m still a kid,” said Aldo. “I want to continue doing this and I’m not going to stop until I get this title.”

Are you ready to make your fight picks? Head over to fanduel and enter the fight night contest for this weekend!



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