Jose Aldo is the featherweight GOAT, and referee Leon Roberts afforded him every opportunity - and then some - to become champ champ vs. Petr Yan at UFC 251 on Saturday night. By the time the fight was stopped in Round 5. the commentators were loudly calling for the ref to call it, as was the hardcore MMA fanbase from in front of our televisions, as was, apparently, UFC president Dana White.
“I thought Aldo looked great, for people that were criticizing him saying he doesn’t deserve another title shot,” said White at the post-fight press conference. “Horrible, horrible stoppage by the referee. Should have been stopped way sooner. Looks like we’ve got to tighten up our refs and judges here on ‘Fight Island.’”
So what's next for Aldo, who has a long-term contract with the UFC?
“He just fought the best guy, the guy who’s lined up for the next title shot,” said White. “And he looked damn good doing it, he can do whatever he wants.”