Jose Aldo Crumples Jeremy Stephens With Sick Body Shot For UFC Calgary Win

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Jose Aldo was in an unfamiliar position in Calgary Saturday night against Jeremy Stephens -- on the outside looking in at the UFC Championship title picture.

Aldo, widely considered the greatest UFC Featherweight of all time, was in his first non-title fight in nine years taking on the emerging Stephens. He'd require a win to be anywhere near the title discussion after losing three title fights in two years.

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Aldo opened strong with leg kicks, before slowing down and facing the wrath of Stephens. Aldo employed a huge hook to the body that spelled the beginning of the end. 

You can see an excerpt of our Fightful.com live coverage of UFC Calgary below.

Round One: The round begins with Aldo looking for a high kick against Stephens, Stephens responds with an attempt of his own. Stephens and Aldo also start exchanging some leg kicks, Stephens then nails Aldo with a knee strike to the midsection. Stephens also catches Aldo with a kick to the midsection, Stephens and Aldo get into a wild striking exchange. Stephens rocks Aldo with a huge punching combination near the cage wall, Aldo charges forward and he swings away at Stephens. Aldo nails Stephens with an overhand right, Aldo drops Stephens with a left to the midsection and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: #2 Jose Aldo def. #4 Jeremy Stephens by TKO via strikes (4:19, R1)

Aldo told UFC commentator Jon Anik after the fight that he was concerned what a loss would do to him, but that he will return to the cage.

You can see Fightful's playlist of UFC Calgary interviews at this link.

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