Jose Aldo loses at UFC 278 and moves away from title fight

Jose Aldo loses at UFC 278 and moves away from title fight

J. Aldo (left) is overtaken by M. Dvalishvili (right) in UFC 278. Photo: Playback / Instagram

total regression. The first Brazilian to climb in the octagon on the main card of UFC 278held on Saturday (20), in Salt Lake City (USA), Jose Aldo He was stopped by .’s pragmatic style Merab Dvalishvili. A victim of the Georgian’s strategy, who profited from wrestling, the Brazilian was unable to impose his game and ended up beating the judges’ unanimous decision.

With the stumble, Aldo had a streak of three straight victories in the bantamweight (up to 61.2 kg). In addition to the setback, the MMA legend is moving away from his dream of fighting for the division belt once again.

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Video: Watch José Aldo fight Merab Dvalishvili UFC 278

Victorious in the match, Dvalishvili has plenty of reasons to celebrate. Currently number six in the group led group rankings Aljamin Sterlingthe Georgian should reach the top five in the category and extend his good moment, hitting the mark of eight positive results in a row.

With a dream of winning the title at the Roosters, Aldo suffers his first setback in over two years. Another manauara stumble occurred in the clash against Peter Yangin 2020, when tupiniquim ended up being beaten by the Russian in a dispute over the throne of division.


The match started with Dvalishvili taking the lead with a powerful circular kick. Aldo fends off the attacks and waits for the best moment to attack. Merab was more aggressive and cornered the Brazilian straight in the face. In the sequence, the Georgian cut short and attempted the first takedown, but Manauara defended well. Halfway through the round, Jose lost his opponent out of balance with a low kick. tupiniquim threw a new low kick and tried to avoid the opponent’s approach. Near the last minute Merab looked for another defeat, but Manwara had a good defense again. In the final seconds, Dvalishvili returned to fire a circular kick and Aldo responded with a flying knee, but there was no time left.

And in the second stage, the Georgian launched the first attack with a low blow. Aldo responded with a left hook. Still in the first minute, Dvalishvili dodged a cross from the Brazilian and looked for termination. Manuara was pressed to the bars, defending himself and avoiding being taken to the ground. The Georgian scored with his knees and did not allow the Brazilian to break free. Halfway through the stage, manauara managed to move away and fit a combination of cross with a kick into the opponent’s perimeter. After that, Merab clung to the topinicim again and tried to take it to Earth. The Georgian explained that the plan was to use wrestling and pressed the tupiniquim against the bars again, confirming the advantage on the stage. In the last minute, Dvalishvili stunned manauara with a hook and came back to catch Jose, but the clock ran out.

The final round started with Dvalishvili looking for a grappling fight in the first seconds. In the first minute, the Georgian hit a clean hook in the face of the Brazilian, but Jose did not blame the blow. Aldo continued to save the attacks, while Merab insisted on grappling. Halfway through the stage, Dvalishvili returned to touch the manauara with a cross. Jose tried to score with a strait on the opponent’s belt line, but Merab came back short and attempted a takedown. Aldo was still defending well, but he couldn’t give up his game. At the end of the stage, Merab threw his knees on the legs of the Brazilian who was in the quadruple position. Aldo walked away at the last seconds, but there was no time left.

UFC 278 . stats

UFC 278 نتائج RESULTS

main card

Lightweight (up to 77 kg): Leon Edwards Defeated Camaro Usman Knockouts in 4m04s from R5 – Fight for the belt

Average weight (up to 83.9 kg): Paulo Pooracinha Defeated Luke Rockhold In a unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rooster weight (up to 61.2 kg): Merab Dvalishvili Defeated Jose Aldo In a unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rooster weight (up to 61.2 kg): Lucy Podilova Defeated Wu Yan By TKO at 4m04s from R2

Light Heavyweight (up to 93 kg): Tyson Pedro Defeated Harry Hansucker By TKO at 1m05s from R1

Initial card

Heavyweight (up to 120.2 kg): Marcin Tibora Alexandre Romano defeated by majority decision (29-28, 28-29, 28-28)

Lightweight (up to 70.3 kg): Jared Gordon Defeated Leo Santos In a unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Feather weight (up to 65.7 kg): Shawn Woodson And Luis Saldania ended in a draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28).

Lightweight (up to 77 kg): Angel Lusa Defeated AJ Fletcher In the unanimous decision of the judges (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Fly weight (up to 56.7 kg): Amir Al-Bazai Defeated Francisco Figueiredo By submitting (naked rear throttle) at 4m31s

Rooster weight (up to 61.2 kg): Aurikiling Defeated Jay Perrin In the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Fly weight (up to 56.7 kg): Victor Altamirano Defeated Daniel Noodles By TKO (Punches) at 3:39 of R1

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