Jose Aldo looked every inch the superstar last night in Brazil as he knocked out the previously undefeated Chad Mendes in front of an exstatic home support in Rio.
Afterwards the 25 year-old was keeping his feet on the ground however and credited his opponent for being a worthy challenger for his featherweight title.
“I expected Chad to be a tough guy and he was. He came out very tough and I was expecting a very tough fight, but thankfully I was able to do everything I trained to do and come out with a victory.”
As for the knockout, which came just one second before the end of the first round and started with a beautifully timed knee, Aldo downplays it, but indicates there’s more to come in the future.
“It’s what we train to do and hopefully we’ll be knocking a lot of people out.”
Finally, Aldo addresses the memorable moment when he ran into the crowd following his win and was held aloft on their shoulders, saying that he did so as a way to give back to the fans who gave him a hero’s reception in the HSBC Arena last night.
“My fans give me so much love and so much good energy, so there’s nothing better than celebrating with them,”
Watch the full interview backstage at UFC 142 after the fight below.