Dec 14, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; (Editors Notes: Caption Correction) Jose Aldo (blue gloves) reacts after his bout against Marlon Moraes (not pictured) during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Aldo earned a second-straight win over another UFC bantamweight contender, defeating Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265.

Jose Aldo came into UFC 265 with plenty to prove if he wants to get back in the title discussion, and he made a statement in earning a unanimous decision win over the always-dangerous Pedro Munhoz in the co-main event.

Aldo showcased elite hand speed with a diversity of strikes, including to the body, head, and legs especially late in the fight. Munhoz had his moments in the opening round but was unable to counter Aldo’s fast-paced approach in the octagon, especially when he would throw a right uppercut before getting clipped by a stiff jab from Aldo.

Heading into the third and final round, Aldo made it a point to not leave any doubt that he would leave the Toyota Center victorious. He broke his personal significant strikes record with a blistering pace in the final minutes, forcing Munhoz on the back of his feet and suffering a swollen left eye at the end of the fight.

Jose Aldo is still a factor in the UFC’s stacked bantamweight division

Aldo entered the bout needing another impressive victory to stay in the thick of things in the UFC’s bantamweight division that is deep with talent. He dominated Marlon Vera en route to a unanimous decision victory at UFC Vegas 16. Before that, he had lost three straight including a vacant title bout against Petr Yan at UFC 251.

Munhoz entered the bout having lost two of his last three, including a unanimous decision loss to the current bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238. He defeated bantamweight veteran Jimmie Rivera in his previous outing.

With the win, Aldo has emerged in a UFC title conversation once again and moves one step closer to another shot at the belt.

UFC 265 took place on Aug. 7, 2021, live from the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.

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