Aldo's rival at UFC 301 reveals crucial reason why he 'stuck' in fight against Brazilian

Jonathan Martinez claims that he did not perform in the way that fans are used to watching; athlete lost by points

José Aldo (dir.) fighting in UFC 301 against J. Martinez (left). Photo: Reproduction/X @UFCNews

Escalated to a tough mission to face José Aldo in Rio de Janeiro, Jonathan martinez reflected on the weight of sharing the Octagon against the former featherweight champion (up to 65,7kg). Despite being a slight favorite for the confrontation and coming on the back of a string of victories, the North American recalled the difficulty he had in performing when he realized that he would actually fight against Manauara.

“It was very difficult. I trained a lot for this fight. The problem was that I left the name and face in front of me, when I went to the cage and saw: 'I'm fighting José Aldo'. That's when I started thinking, 'Wow.' Everyone who saw me fight knows that it wasn't me there. That's not how I get in there. I was practically walking, not doing what I was supposed to do, and that cost me the fight,” Martinez told MMA Junkie.

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Protagonists of the penultimate fight of the night, the fighters faced each other for 15 minutes in front of an audience passionate about José Aldo. Faced with all the pressure imposed by the Brazilians and hard blows applied by his rival, Martinez managed to withstand the difficulties and leave the result in the hands of the judges. Finally, the Brazilian had his hand raised in the unanimous decision.

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