While this was not as one-sided as his previous two attempts at capturing UFC gold, Florian just could not figure out the puzzle that was reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Throughout the bout, Florian had his moments where his striking looked very impressive. However, Florian had the proverbial "deer in the headlights" look in his eyes when he was trading shots with the champion.
When the fight hit the ground, Aldo surprisingly was able to get the better of Florian, who has been known throughout his UFC career for his outstanding ground game.
After 25 minutes of action, all three cageside judges scored the bout 49-46 for Jose Aldo.
Now that he has fought in four different weight classes, and failed in three title bids, should Florian consider calling it a career?
It seems highly unlikely that Florian will ever get another opportunity to fight for a title. Most fighters dream of getting one shot at UFC gold, much less three chances.
It would seem that for the rest of his UFC career, Florian would be the quintessential gatekeeper of whatever weight class he fights in. But after fighting for as long as he has, would Florian be content with that role?
I would venture to say he wouldn't. And because of that, it may be time for Florian to consider taking a step back from competing and focusing on mentoring his up-and-coming fighters.
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