Jose Aldo recently lost his UFC featherweight title in one of most most devastaging ways in UFC history. But looking at the reception he received during his return to his home country of Brazil, you would never know.

The former 145-pound champion, who saw his 6 year reign as champion and 10-year undefeated streak come to an abrupt end ay the hands of a 13-second knockout to Conor McGregor, returned to Brazil on Thursday morning and into the arms of dozens of fans and teammates welcoming home with a standing ovation.

“Still the people’s champion,” Nova Uniao wrote on its official Instagram account. “That wasn’t a defeat. Dana White, rematch right away.”

However, it appears Aldo will have to wait for a chance to right the ship against McGregor since the new champion has made it clear he wants to move up to 155-pounds and challenge for his second belt. UFC President Dana White seemed to echo these comments, while also revealing the promotion would most likely book McGregor against Frankie Edgar instead of the rematch against Aldo.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.