Before the Volkanovski fight, Aldo was on a two fight win streak, and was the number 1 contender at FW. He brutally KO'd Jeremy Stephens with a body shot and Renato Moicano with a flurry of punches. These were two top 5 opponents, especially Moicano, who many believed to be the next champ. He was on what many people said was a "rebirth". Then he met Volkanovski. As we now know, Volkanovski is the best FW in the world. We didn't at the time, and people were calling Aldo washed up. That isn't the case. There is no shame in losing to Volk. Max is about to for the second time. I would call the loss that Max just took to Volk more unanimous than the one Aldo took, as he took more damage. He then went down to BW, and fought the number one contender, Marlon Moraes. Almost everyone on Sherdog thought that his weight cut was bad, and that he was going to get KO'd. He once again proved us wrong, and not only walked Marlon down, but also ate two switch kicks that would have put a lot of people away. My point is, Aldo was on a two fight tear before he lost to Volk, and he basically drew with the number one contender Marlon. He has fought better competition than Yan, while also having a 3 Inch reach advantage, and a 1 or 2 inch height advantage. This guy, like it or not, is better than he has any right to be at this point in his career. He may just have more longevity than Max himself, who would have thought it. Even if he loses to Yan, do not let it fool you into thinking he is not top 3 in both BW and FW.