Jose Aldo in vintage form at UFC Fortaleza, celebrates win in crowd


UFC featherweight Jose Aldo throws a punch during a UFC Fight Night event. (Jeff McIntosh/CP)

Jose Aldo turned back the clock Saturday night.

The former featherweight champion summoned his inner-G.O.A.T. and earned a thrilling technical knockout victory over Renato “Moicano” Carneiro in the co-main event of a UFC Fight Night event in Fortaleza, Brazil.

Aldo used low leg kicks to set up his punching combinations on the rangier Carneiro and hurt his opponent early in the second round.

The 32-year-old has now won two in a row after stopping Jeremy Stephens at an event in Calgary last summer. Both wins earned him a Performance of the Night bonus. It’s Aldo’s first multi-fight winning streak since 2014 and the Brazilian celebrated by hopping the cage and jumping into the stands — just like he did in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 142 following his knockout win over Chad Mendes.

The win improved Aldo’s professional mixed martial arts record to 28-4. His two most recent losses were to current 145-pound champion Max Holloway. The Hawaiian star was watching and loved what he saw from his former foe.

Holloway certainly wasn’t the one fighter happy for Aldo.

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