It seems as if Jose Aldo is in good spirits following his loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194, as the former featherweight champion was welcomed back to Brazil by dozens of his biggest supporters at an airport when he arrived Thursday.
The loss was Aldo’s first in 10 years, but his fans weren’t quick to forget of the former champion’s decade-long reign after a 13-second knockout to “The Notorious” Irishman last Saturday in Las Vegas.
Aldo showed his appreciation Thursday, posting a message for all his supporters on Instagram:
“This here is a family, both in good times and especially in bad times. What defines us is how we rise after falling. Thank you for all of the messages of affection and comfort.
“We will be back much stronger.”
Previously considered the pound-for-pound best fighter on the planet, Aldo will likely need at least one victory inside the Octagon if he’s to find himself back inside a title fight with the UFC. The promotion is reportedly set on awarding Frankie Edgar — who most recently defeated three-time title contender Chad Mendes via KO — the first shot at the newly crowned featherweight champion.
UFC President Dana White did note, however, that Aldo could contend for the vacant featherweight title against Edgar if McGregor opts in taking his talents to the 155-pound division.
Whatever the case, a 29-year-old Aldo seems adamant about returning a better version of the fighter who previously defeated 18 straight opponents, including Mendes, Edgar, Urijah Faber, Ricardo Lamas and Mike Brown.