Aldo vs. Lamas: Twitter Reacts to UFC 169 Co-Main Event

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Aldo vs. Lamas: Twitter Reacts to UFC 169 Co-Main Event
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At UFC 169, Jose Aldo stepped into the Octagon to defend his UFC featherweight championship for a sixth time. Standing across the cage from the Brazilian was a surging Ricardo Lamas.

With a win over Lamas Saturday night in Newark, N.J., Aldo would tie 205-pound titleholder Jon Jones for the most consecutive title defenses during a current UFC title reign. In doing so, he would make a strong case for being elevated to the top pound-for-pound fighter in the official UFC rankings.

Undefeated since joining the UFC roster, Lamas waited over 12 months for his shot at Aldo. Many felt he should have been awarded a championship bout previously, but Anthony Pettis was booked to meet Aldo. Then, the UFC opted to replace an injured Pettis with Chan Sung Jung rather than Lamas in August 2013.

Here is the co-main event between Aldo and Lamas through Twitter's eyes.

 

Introductions

A notably reserved challenger, Lamas did not generate much hype as he worked his way up the 145-pound ladder. It's a big part of the reason he was passed over in favor of Jung, and it's a smaller part of the reason this featherweight matchup served as the co-main event under a bantamweight headliner.

 

Round 1

Known for having cardio problems, Aldo paced himself early on. Despite landing only 14 strikes in the first stanza, though, the champion did enough to gain a slight edge over Lamas on the scorecards. 

 

Round 2

After warming up in the opening round, Aldo began to open up the second frame, blasting his challenger with some heavy leg kicks. The titleholder more than doubled his output from the first round, landing 30 strikes to earn a clear advantage over Lamas.

 

Round 3

The third round made it abundantly clear Lamas didn't have much to offer Aldo in any area. Able to stuff Lamas' first takedown attempt, Aldo continued to attack the legs of his adversary and forced the challenger into a position where he essentially needed to finish.

 

Round 4

Desperate to make something happen, Lamas made a more spirited effort to take the fight to the ground in the fourth round. Aldo was able to counter, though, and ended up on top. Controlling Lamas for three minutes and threatening with submissions, Aldo extended his lead on the scorecards heading into the final round.

 

Round 5

Lamas finished strong and had a chance to work his ground-and-pound in the final minutes, but he couldn't stop Aldo. The late rally was enough for Lamas to win the round, but it was not nearly enough for him to surpass the champion on the overall scorecards.

 

Aftermath

With eight straight title defenses dating back to his WEC days, Aldo has established himself as the best featherweight in MMA history. A move to the lightweight division has been contemplated by the Brazilian recently, and the time could be right for him to move up and challenge 155-pound champion Anthony Pettis.

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