Throughout the years there have been countless post-victory celebrations ranging from backflips both standing and off the top of the cage to “the worm” to Tito Ortiz’s patented gravedigger. However, going forward few if any will be as memorable as joyous featherweight champion Jose Aldo immediately exiting the cage after his knockout win over Chad Mendes at UFC, then hopping the ringside barrier and celebrating while surrounded by his cheering countrymen.
A still-glowing Aldo talked about his success on Saturday night shortly after coming away with his hand raised and also explained the reason he wanted to share the moment with his fellow Brazilians.
“My fans give me so much love and so much good energy so there’s nothing better than celebrating with them,” said Aldo in a brief video from the UFC capturing his reaction.
In terms of flattening Mendes with a knee in the final seconds of the opening round, Aldo did not appear surprised and made it clear he expects more of the same in 2012.
“It’s what we train to do and hopefully we’ll be knocking a lot of people out,” he concluded.
Aldo improved his record to 21-1 with his stoppage of the previously unbeaten Mendes. He has now won fourteen straight fights and is 3-0 inside the Octagon with notches on his belt over Mendes, Mark Hominick, and Kenny Florian.
Check out the full Aldo interview below:
PHOTO CREDIT – UFC