NEWARK - A few have come close . . . to coming close to maybe thinking about beating Jose Aldo in the past eight years and change.
Ricardo Lamas was the next in line to try . . . and is now the next to have failed as Aldo defended his UFC featherweight title for a sixth consecutive time Saturday night at UFC 169 in the Prudential Center.
Aldo pounded Lamas with punishing leg kicks for the first three rounds, nearly had a submission in the fourth round and then weathered a desperate Lamas in the fifth for the unanimous decision. All the judges scored it 49-46 for Aldo.
"I was surprised," Aldo said through a translator. "He took a lot of leg kicks, and I was surprised he kept going."
Lamas (13-3) mounted a bit of an attack midway through the fifth round when he had top control on Aldo and landed a few shots from on top. Lamas maintained the dominant position for the remainder of the round and landed several more good shots to prevent the shutout on the scorecards.
Aldo's title defense streak can be extended to eight straight when including his two WEC defenses before the UFC absorbed its sister promotion at the end of 2010.
And the fight win streak moves up a notch to 17 for Aldo (24-1, 6-0 UFC). Aldo hasn't lost a fight since 2005.