VIDEO: Jose Aldo Displays Insane Speed, Drops Pedro Munhoz with a Debilitating Leg Kick at UFC 265

Published 08/08/2021, 1:23 AM EDT


Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo defeated Pedro Munhoz in the co-main event for UFC 265 in Houston, Texas. The fans in the Toyota Center couldn’t contain themselves once the opening bell sounded off and both men took to the center. The fight was a high-paced slugfest and was quickly recognized as a ‘Fight of the Night’ contender.

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Right from the get-go, Jose Aldo applied his famed forward pressure that has crippled many opponents in the past. Munhoz was heavily invested in spinning kicks and Aldo made sure to unload some vicious hand strikes What’s more, these punches were lightning quick and were reminiscent of Aldo’s former glory as a multi-promotional champion.

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The King of Rio’ was relentless when it came to his pressure attacks and his shot selection was extremely effective. At times it seemed as though Pedro Munhoz was struggling to keep up with Aldo’s insane hand speed. Chiefly, it’s hard to fathom that he’s been competing at a high level since his days in WEC back in 2008.

Jose Aldo was able to mix in leg strikes that stunned Pedro Munhoz and, more importantly, impeded his momentum. Every time Munhoz tried to set up the jab, he was met with a barrage of close-range strikes that kept connecting. Furthermore, it was the mixture of leg strikes and hook counters that sealed the deal for Aldo.

Several notable fighters took to social media and congratulated Aldo for his vintage performance under the bright lights. In fact, Aldo’s former arch-rival in Conor McGregor also took to Twitter and gave a shout-out to the ‘King of Rio’.

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Jose Aldo now rides a two-fight win streak and seems to have found his footing in the UFC’s bantamweight division. He was on a three-fight skid not too long ago and some fans had written him off. However, Jose Aldo has made it his career motive to prove his detractors wrong and become a two-division champion.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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