Florian: Holloway broke Aldo mentally, is he still motivated?
Once, Jose Aldo was hailed as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport, undefeated in a decade, with nine successful title defenses. Then he lost his belt to Conor McGregor in 13 seconds. Now Aldo is 1-2 his last three, and speaks passionately about trying his fists in the boxing ring. He fights Ricardo Lamas in a rematch on free TV at UFC on Fox 26: Lawler vs. dos Anjos on December 16, 2017.
On The Anik & Florian Podcast, MMA Renaissance man Kenny Florian was asked by co-host Jon Anik which Aldo would show in Winnipeg.
“That’s the big question for me,” said Florian, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Because although he was winning the majority of that fight against Max Holloway, early on especially, as the fight went on it seemed like it was the Jose Aldo that kind of loses interest in the fight. It seemed like maybe he was a little bit bored or didn’t want to work as hard as he normally does during the fight. He didn’t have that same kind of pep in his step and Holloway just took it to him, kept pressuring him backwards and Holloway just broke him mentally and then took him out with skill. It was a beautiful thing to watch.”
“For Aldo, this is an interesting fight to see, are you still motivated to fight? Are you still out there to win and put out your best performance? Especially against a guy he already beat, we’re gonna find out pretty quickly what Jose Aldo is all about and if he truly wants to get back to the top of this division.”
Aldo lost to McGregor, but bounced back with a decision over Frankie Edgar in one of the great performances of his career. Now he has lost to Holloway. Aldo is just 31; he has time still to return to greatness in the Octagon. The question may be, as Florian details, whether he truly wants to anymore.