For Jose Aldo, Saturday and UFC 169 was just another instance of showing his skills.
Aldo dominated Ricardo Lamas for his sixth defense of the UFC featherweight title, scoring a decision victory.
Throughout the 25-minute battle, Aldo (24-1) appeared to have Lamas on the ropes. He landed several leg kicks, but could never put together the finishing combination.
“I was surprised,” Aldo said. “He took a lot of kicks to the leg. He is a great fighter.”
With the win, Aldo ties Jon Jones for the lead among current UFC champions in terms of title defenses. He also has won 17 in a row and hasn’t lost since 2005.
“I knew it would go five rounds,” Aldo said. “It was a tough fight to the end.”
Aldo earned a TKO victory over Chan Sung Jung last year on the heels of wins over Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes and Kenny Florian. It could be on his way to a future match with Anthony Pettis, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, later this year.
“This victory is dedicated to my country, Brazil, because they are always supporting me,” he said. “Ricardo Lamas was a tough guy, he never gave up.”
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