Greatness doesn’t last forever, but dang was Jose Aldo great for a long, long time.
He was great when he came to the WEC back in 2008, smashing foes left and right like it was the only thing in the world he knew how to do. And he was great when the WEC was absorbed into the UFC, and the Octagon began hosting more and more of the ‘little guys’. In fact, Aldo’s greatness extended all the way until 2015 – the year he met Conor McGregor in the cage, and was snuffed out in 13 seconds.
The Brazilian is still an elite fighter, although no longer considered the best after Max Holloway TKO’d him back in June.
Maybe we’ll see flashes of that fleeting greatness when he rematches with Holloway at UFC 218 on Saturday night.
In the meantime, here’s a look back at Aldo’s handiwork in the WEC.