Jose Aldo was the UFC Featherweight Champion when he entered the arena for UFC 212, but the Brazilian was no longer the champion when he left the arena a few hours later.
The Brazilian would lose his title via third round TKO to Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 212, just the second defeat the fighter has suffered since coming to the UFC.
Following the defeat, the former champion would issue a statement via Instagram:
"Fique contente em agir. Deixe a fala para os outros" – Baltasar Gracián Só tenho a agradecer ao Paizão Andre Pederneiras, à melhor equipe do mundo #novauniao pois se não fosse eles não seria o #ocampeãodopovo, a todos meus treinadores que fizeram o trabalho super bem feito e me deixaram pronto e a todo os fãs que sempre estão comigo, aqui fica meu carinho e o meu muito obrigado. Fico até sem palavras pra falar de todo o carinho que recebi e recebo até hoje, a cada palavras de carinho que me mandam. Obrigado. O resto foda-se pq vou voltar, pq caímos pra nos levantarmos!! Então é isso!! Vamos voltar!!
"Be happy to act. Let the talk to others" - Baltasar Gracián I only have to thank Paizão Andre Pederneiras, the best team in the world #newo because if it were not they would not be the #people champion, to all my coaches who did the Work super well done and left me ready and to all the fans who are always with me, here is my affection and my thank you. I am even speechless to speak of all the affection I received and I receive until today, every word of affection that they send me. Thank you. The rest fuck because I'm going back, because we fell to get up !! Then that's it!! Let's go back!!" reads the poor Google translation.
When Aldo finally does step back into the Octagon and assuming it isn’t for a title rematch, it would be the first time in almost a decade that he hasn’t competed in a title fight.
As for the man who defeated him in Max Holloway, the new champion has stated that he would like to start ridding the UFC of its crybaby fighters.