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15 Irish sporting facts which illustrate how long it's been since Jose Aldo was beaten

It was 10 years ago today when he suffered his only loss.

ON THIS DATE in 2005, Jose Aldo suffered the first — and only — defeat of his MMA career. Just 19 at the time, Aldo was submitted by Luciano Azevedo in the second round of a fight that took place in his native Brazil.

UFC 156 MMA UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Source: AP/Press Association Images

In the meantime, Aldo has won 18 consecutive bouts and is currently the UFC’s featherweight world champion. However, Ireland’s Conor McGregor will be aiming to end that victorious streak in Las Vegas on 12 December.

These 15 Irish sporting facts sum up just how long it’s been since Aldo had his last taste of defeat:

Ulster were the only Irish province to have won the Heineken Cup…

Rugby Union - Heineken European Cup - Final - Ulster v Colomiers Source: EMPICS Sport

Life after Manchester United for Roy Keane was just eight days old…

BRITAIN SOCCER CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Source: AP/Press Association Images

Henry Shefflin had ONLY won three All-Ireland medals…

12/6/2005 Henry Shefflin Source: INPHO

Pádraig Harrington didn’t know what it was like to win a major…

Padraig Harrington Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Ireland had never played in the Cricket World Cup…

Andrew White and David Langford-Smith celebrate beating Pakistan 17/3/2007 Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

The Cork ladies footballers had just won their first of 10 All-Ireland titles…

Cork captain Juliette Murphy lifts the trophy Source: ©INPHO

Paul O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll looked like this…

Brian O'Driscoll talks to Paul O'Connell 31/12/2005 Source: ©INPHO

Andy Lee’s professional debut was still five months away…

Andy Lee Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Jack McCaffrey had just turned 12…

Jack MCCaffrey Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Cork City were the League of Ireland Premier Division champions…

Captain Dan Murray lifts the Eircom League trophy Source: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Rory McIlroy was still an amateur…

Rory McIlroy 7/5/2005 Source: Tom Honan

Peter Canavan was on the Allstar football team…

Peter Canavan of Tyrone receives his award from GAA President Sean Kelly 25/11/2005 Source: INPHO

Clinton Morrison was banging in the goals for Ireland, scoring three in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign…

Clinton Morrison 26/3/2005 Source: INPHO

The All-Ireland hurling champions at the time are still waiting to win their next one…

Sean Og O'hAilpin and Diarmuid O'Sullivan 11/9/2005 Source: Tom Honan/INPHO

And Conor McGregor was yet to have his first training session in MMA…

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‘I believe I’ve put more into this game than probably anybody in Ireland’

Ryan Hall: ‘The gulf between Conor and Jose on the ground is not what people might think’

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