Jose Aldo says 13 second loss at UFC 194 still “too hard to digest”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor (photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today Sports)

“[It’s] still is too hard to digest. We trained hard, did everything right, and the result wasn’t positive. It takes a while for us to digest, but it’s part [of the sport]. It’s a sport and we have to accept… So, there wasn’t even a fight, right? Only 13 seconds. And I also remember when I came in, how I tried to punch. But, man, it’s hard to say know if it’s [his] success or [my] mistake. It’s a quick decision, and he was able to connect a good punch when I tried a combination. We spoke [with Dana White] right after. But I think it’s too soon to talk. Of course, I want a rematch, and I think I have this right. Not only me, but my career speaks for itself. It wasn’t this time, but we will come out victorious, for sure. It’s a sport, we have to accept. Not only from wins you live your life. That makes us stronger. Way stronger. You can be sure that we will come back stronger, more champion than I was before.”

-Jose Aldo talks to Combate in Brazil a day after his UFC 194 loss to Conor McGregor, and expresses how hard it is to come to terms with it (translated by Guilherme Cruz at

Penick’s Analysis: A loss like that is going to be devastating for any fighter, but to have that happen after ten years without a loss to the man who spent the last year bad mouthing you? It’s unimaginable. How he responds from here will determine his future. He wants the rematch; he might get it, he might not. Regardless, whenever it happens, it’s impossible to believe that we’ll see the same exact result. Of course, it was nigh impossible to believe we’d see what we saw on Saturday night, so at this point it might be appropriate to expect the unexpected.

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