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Daniel Cormier envious of José Aldo forward of UFC 301 return: ‘I wished that second one time…”

UFC Corridor of Famer Daniel Cormier needs he might’ve replicated one in every of José Aldo’s greatest wins of his legendary profession.

Daniel Cormier, José Aldo

Aldo will finish his two-year MMA retirement when he returns to the Octagon this Saturday at UFC 301. He’ll face #13 bantamweight contender Jonathan Martinez within the pay-per-view co-main occasion.

Aldo intends to complete his UFC contract by returning to Rio de Janeiro this weekend. It’s unsure if he needs to battle in MMA once more previous UFC 301, particularly after hinting at his need for extra boxing fights.

If that is Aldo’s final UFC hurrah, Cormier needs newer followers to grasp the affect that Aldo has had on him and different preventing legends.

Daniel Cormier displays on one in every of José Aldo’s most memorable UFC moments

Throughout a latest episode of Good Man/Unhealthy Man with Chael Sonnen, Cormier pointed to a memorable second from Aldo’s profession that he needs he might’ve replicated.

“I didn’t respect small guys to that diploma earlier than Aldo,” Cormier stated of Aldo. “So there is no such thing as a Max, Conor, any respect for the smaller dudes if Aldo didn’t cleared the path along with his performances. The second that I actually acknowledged his star, was when he fought Chad Mendes [the first time]. When Chad’s behind him, he’s received a lock on the waist, José turns, provides him a knee, places Chad down, jumps over the Octagon and rushes to the group in Rio and he’s holding the flag. They’re selecting him up, leaping. It was a mob scene…

“I assumed to myself ‘Wow, if I can have one second, only one second to really feel what this man is feeling proper now, my total athletics profession could be full’. One second to really feel what he felt, after watching his pleasure, his pleasure, and the best way he impressed a rustic and impressed his metropolis. I wished it one time, bro. That’s what José Aldo was.”

Aldo defeated Chad Mendes twice throughout his UFC featherweight title reign, together with the occasion Cormier referenced above. He knocked out Mendes with a knee at UFC 142 earlier than defeating him of their rematch simply 4 fights later.

Aldo entered the UFC Corridor of Fame final 12 months and is arguably the best featherweight of all time. Alexander Volkanovski not too long ago endorsed Aldo because the featherweight GOAT this week forward of his comeback.

Aldo has the prospect for at the very least yet another signature second earlier than he hangs up his UFC gloves, and Cormier’s remarks present the affect he’s had on fighters around the globe.

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