World featherweight champion and #1 pound-for-pound contender Alexander Volkanovski recently paid tribute to recently retired legend Jose Aldo.
In a speech on his YouTube channel, current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski paid tribute to featherweight “GOAT” Jose Aldo, stating:
“I still have him as the feathery GOAT just because he did for the sport. So many defenses and stuff like that. I come for this status. I’ll be honest, I come for it, but yes, he has it. He’s the most important – he got a lot of us into the sport. I still remember watching him before I even started and he’s still been competitive so far, still up there, crazy heritage.
‘The Great’ added:
“I often think about how many times people thought he was done and dusted. He would have a loss and then come back and kick another ** and still look just as fast as ever. The reason everyone loves him so much He’s very talented, very technical, skillful, but he’s very respectful. A true martial artist is what he is, a true martial artist. Very good, technical, explosive, very respectful, so a true martial artist and I think that’s why a lot of people always show him so much respect.”
As great as Alexander Volkanovski was, he believes he still hasn’t caught Jose Aldo as the greatest featherweight of all time. He recently shared similar sentiments on Twitter as he congratulated Aldo on his retirement.
Watch Alexander Volkanovski’s full tribute to Jose Aldo below:
Can Alexander Volkanovski catch up with Jose Aldo as a featherweight GOAT?
As shocking as it may be, Alexander Volkanovski is just three title defenses away from tying Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight record of seven title defenses. Volkanovski said he wants to fight for the lightweight championship, so it remains to be seen if he will put his fifth title defense on hold.
Volkanovski has no fight scheduled at this time, but there are many options as he has only fought three fighters in the featherweight top ten.
Volkanovski’s praise for Aldo shouldn’t come as a surprise. Ahead of UFC 266, almost two and a half years after their fight, he still paid tribute to the retired legend.
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