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Jose Aldo’s Coach Responds to Critics Following Devastating UFC 218 Defeat

Kelsey Mowatt

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Jose Aldo has long been regarded as one of the best fighters to ever lace up gloves, but it sounds like some fans are piling on the Brazilian legend, following UFC 218.

Aldo attempted to begin a third reign as the UFC’s featherweight champion on Saturday night, but was stopped by Max Holloway in round three. The loss was Aldo’s second to the reigning 145 champ, as he was also stopped by Holloway in June.

Well, based off the comments Aldo’s kickboxing coach, Emerson “Falcao” Vieira posted, it sounds like some fans are criticizing the legend for his performance. As a result, Vieira took some time out to remind critics of Aldo’s legacy (translation via MMA Fighting):

“Many talk, few know. This is the truth, Brazilians are used to idolizing crooks and crucifying heroes. It’s almost cultural. Who should be supporting us is pointing fingers, criticizing and judging without having any knowledge to talk about the topic. We’re used to fighting rivals and receive critics from the ones who were supposed be on our side.

“Yesterday, our champion Jose Aldo did his part, fought bravely against a really tough opponent, who was superior in the fight and won, like [Aldo] did for many years and still has what it takes to do. Sports are like this, nothing and no one will erase your story in life and in fighting. Your friends and teammates are proud of everything you’ve already done and will still do. Nothing changed. We lost a battle, but war continues.”

Muitos falam, poucos sabem . Essa é a real, os Brasileiros se acostumaram a idolatrar pilantras e crucificar heróis, isso ja é quase cultural, quem era pra nos apoiar, aponta o dedo, critica e julga sem ao menos ter propriedade pra falar do assunto. Nos acostumamos a lutar contra os rivais e a receber críticas dos que eram pra ser nossos aliados. Ontem mais uma vez nosso campeão @josealdojunioroficial fez a sua parte, lutou bravamente contra um adversário muito duro que foi superior na Luta e venceu, assim como ele fez por muitos anos e ainda tem condições de fazer, o esporte é assim, nada e nem ninguém apagará sua história de vida e na luta. Todos nós amigos e companheiros de equipe estamos orgulhosos por tudo que você já nos proporcionou e ainda vai nos proporcionar , nada mudou, perdemos uma batalha, mas A GUERRA CONTINUA.

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Saturday marked the first time in Aldo’s 10 plus year career that he’s lost back-to-back bouts.

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