It was far from his most dominant performance, but 25-year-old UFC featherweight champion did enough to repel longtime UFC contender Kenny Florian from capturing the 145lbs. title.
Clearly motivated by the thought that this could very well be the last opportunity he ever gets to fight for a UFC title, Florian came out of the gates and took it to the champion, mixing his strikes and takedowns well to throw Aldo off of his rhythm and take the fight’s momentum. From there, the fight would remain close, with Florian finding success in those areas and forcing the champion to think twice, but it would be Aldo who would frequently put together the most significant offense.
The champion’s performances in the third and final rounds sealed him the fight, as he was able to put Florian on his back and hold top position, landing enough from there to keep busy. Though Florian scored while on their feet, it seemed to be Aldo who landed with more heat on both his kicks and punches in most every exchange. When all was said and done, Aldo was announced the winner via unanimous decision and Florian walked away with his head hung low, possibly having fought in the UFC for the last time.
Florian is currently noncommittal on his future in the UFC, but after trying and failing to capture a title for the third time in his UFC tenure, talk of retirement is already surrounding the 35-year-old.
José Aldo improves his record to 20-1 with the victory and extends his title run to four straight defenses.