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Merab Dvalishvili says Jose Aldo retired after UFC 278 loss: He said, “I guess I’m done.”

The emotional moment between Merab Dvalishsvili and Jose Aldo after UFC 278 included Aldo’s retirement, Dvalishvili said on Monday. MMA hour.

“When he was down and I [went] shake his hand and say, ‘Thank you so much for the fight’, and I’m going to respect him, he was down, and I tried to help him, and he was like, he said, ‘That means it’s my last fight, because it was my last title run,” Dvalishvili said. “And then he said, ‘I guess I’m done.

“It was a very emotional moment. That’s why I was talking to him. I said, ‘You are amazing, you have done so much, you have nothing to prove, you are a legend – you are a king. ‘ I was a little heartbroken.”

Aldo did not lay his gloves on the canvas after the pay-per-view fight, the traditional and more official gesture of retirement for fighters, or make a statement confirming his retirement following his loss. MMA Fighting could not immediately reach the former champion for comment.

On Sunday, Aldo posted an inspirational message for his fans that made no reference to hanging up his gloves.

“We are the story we write,” Aldo wrote. “Take care of every detail of your journey, 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 still believe in you. He put you in this world to shine. To be better every day. To smile and make the people around you smile. What matters is what makes your heart beat. Don’t accept a less incredible life than the one you deserve. Thank you for all the affection I receive throughout my walk, it is priceless.

“Who will be in the trenches by your side? – Does it matter? – More than the war itself.

Dvalishvili’s victory last Saturday marked a new high in his bantamweight career while appearing to delay — if not nullify — Aldo’s chance at another belt. The first UFC featherweight champion, once a dominant presence at 145 pounds, was hoping to claim a title at 135 pounds after multiple attempts to reclaim the featherweight title ended in losses.

“It’s hard when you see someone like that,” Dvalishvili said. “As a fighter, I know how [it is]. I never want to stop my career. I always want to fight. I don’t see when I should retire. But when he realized he had lost, he said: ‘It was my last run for the title. I guess I’m done. It was hard.

Still, Dvalishvili said he was happy with his performance despite a muted reaction from UFC President Dana White, who indicated his wrestling-heavy game plan hadn’t done him “many favors” in regarding his career. Dvalishvili also said he won’t be fighting fellow UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, creating a potential bottleneck among contenders. Sterling, who is slated to defend the bantamweight belt against former champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280, recently said he could move up to featherweight to give his teammate a shot at the 135-pound title.