Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Conor McGregor, the greatest fighter in myth history' – Brazilian media reaction to Jose Aldo defeat

Conor McGregor speaks at a press conference after his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in the early hours of yesterday
Conor McGregor speaks at a press conference after his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in the early hours of yesterday
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Jose Aldo lost his undefeated UFC record in spectacular style in Las Vegas and the reaction in his homeland has been mixed to the new champion Conor McGregor.

The Dubliner made light work of the man who has reigned supreme for a decade, a devastating left punch ending the contest after a mere 13 seconds in the MGM Grand.

A re-match has yet to be confirmed, with speculation mounting of mega-money fight against Frankie Edgar another possibility for 'The Notorious'.

Back in Brazil, the media has been trying to digest the sobering defeat of Aldo.

Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas
Conor McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas

Fohla de S. Paulo writes that the "golden years" of Brazilian MMA has now been brought to a close following Aldo's stunning loss, while O Globo, a sports newspaper in Rio, is yet to be fully convinced about the new champion.

They write the defeat is "a stain on the career" for Aldo and the manner of defeat "shameful" for someone of his undoubted calibre.

They add that McGregor is a "myth fighter" and will continue to be until he is stopped in the octagon.

"One day you're the king . Next, the jester takes his crown," they write.

"The outspoken athlete [McGregor] who won more recognition from his provocations than by knockouts, will now be treated as a sport myth until the day that is defeated in the UFC."

The Estado de Minas meanwhile is more magnanimous and writes that McGregor backed up his fighting talk against his highly regarded opponent.

"Maybe Conor McGregor said too much, but he did everything he said. Now the featherweight champion who dispatched José Aldo in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 in Las Vegas has demonstrated his first act as king."

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