Merab Dvalishvili on the 'emotional' moment with Jose Aldo

“When he was down and I [went] to shake his hand and tell him, ‘Thank you so much for the fight,’"

by Sead Dedovic
Merab Dvalishvili on the 'emotional' moment with Jose Aldo

Merab Dvalishsvili managed to defeat Jose Aldo at UFC 278. Dvalishsvili talked about the emotional moment and the fact that Jose Aldo doesn't want to fight anymore. Merab showed him great respect for all that Aldo achieved in his career.

“When he was down and I [went] to shake his hand and tell him, ‘Thank you so much for the fight,’ and I go to respect him, he was down, and I tried to help him, and he was telling me, he said, ‘That means this is my last fight, because it was my last run to title,’” Dvalishvili said, as quoted by mmafighting.

“And then he said, ‘I guess I’m done.’ Dvalishvili was also sad considering that he is aware of Aldo's qualities and everything he has achieved. "It was a very emotional moment. That’s why I was talking to him.

I said, ‘You’re amazing, you did so much, you don’t have anything to prove, you’re a legend – you’re a king.’ I was a little bit heartbroken”.

Jose Aldo and his message

However, Jose Aldo still hasn't confirmed anything, but he sent an interesting message via Instagram: “We are the story we write,” Aldo wrote. “Take care of every detail of your path, every step, step or curve.

Every difficulty and every achievement. He’s a better planner than you. You may even doubt him, but he will always believe in you. He put you in this world to shine. To be better every day. To smile and make people around you smile.

What matters is what makes your heart beat. Don’t accept a less amazing life than you deserve. Thank you for all the affection I receive along my walk, this is priceless. “Who will be in the trenches by your side? – Does it matter? - More than the war itself”.

Dvalishvili is saddened by the decision Aldo wants to make, and the loss seems to have had a big impact on him. We'll see if he will change his mind, but it's really a shame that such a great fighter decides to retire. “It’s hard when you see somebody like this,” Dvalishvili said.

“As a fighter, I know how hard [it is]. I never want to end my career. I always want to fight. I don’t see when I should retire. But when he realized he lost, he said, ‘That was my last run to title. I guess I’m done.’ That was hard”.

Merab Dvalishvili