Wallid Ismail Says Jose Aldo ‘Saved’ Brazilian MMA

After his successful featherweight title defence against Chad Mendes last week, Jose Aldo received some high praise.

Wallid Ismail, former MMA fighter and longtime MMA promoter as the president of Jungle Fight, appeared on The MMA Hour and said that a loss in the main event of UFC 179 would have been terrible for the future of the sport in Brazil.

“Jose Aldo saved Brazilian MMA,” Ismail proclaimed. “He saved, no doubt about it. If he had lost our last belt, it would have been really bad for Brazilian MMA.”

Aldo, who won the match via unanimous decision in an epic battle Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, remains as the only Brazilian to hold a UFC belt today.

On Nov. 15, Fabricio Werdum has the chance to join him… if he can beat Mark Hunt for the interim heavyweight championship at UFC 180.

“I really think Fabricio Werdum is going to get the title,” Ismail said. “Man, just something really strange (has to happen) for Fabricio not to get our second belt in Mexico. I have no doubt about it.

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Source: MMAFighting.com