Jose Aldo is crafting a legacy that will be remembered for years to come.
The UFC featherweight champion impressed in his first-round knockout victory over top contender Chad Mendes at UFC 142 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Fight fans seemed to have forgotten about Aldo, who hadn't finished an opponent since September 2010. There was talk about him sliding down the pound-for-pound rankings, but after witnessing his handiwork against Mendes, UFC fans now see who Jose Aldo truly is.
After the bout, Aldo jumped into the crowd and celebrated alongside fans. It was the pinnacle of sports, watching Aldo hold up a Flamengo flag as hometown fans hoisted him on their shoulders.
He may be on a 14-fight win streak, but the Mendes bout was Aldo's true coming out party as a mainstream superstar.
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