One of the greatest fighters of all time has retired from mixed martial arts.
“King of Rio” Jose Aldo The UFC recently reported its plans to stop the fight. MMA Junkie confirmed the news with a source close to the situation after an initial report on Sunday from a Brazilian outlet killer. Aldo, 36, had one fight over his UFC contract at the time of his retirement.
Aldo breaks away from MMA with a UFC 21-7 record and one of the longest haul slates in promotion history. He is a two-time former featherweight champion, former interim champ, and former WEC champ. His seven featherweight defenses ranked first ever. He is also a six-time Performance Bonus winner.
Known for his signature leg kicks and “Run This Town” knockouts, as well as his legendary defense and ability to develop with new waves of talent, Aldo is leaving the sport as one of the Most elite fighters and respect of his generation.
Born in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo began training martial arts as a teenager, putting aside his aspirations for a football career. At 17, he fought his first MMA fight, one that began a winning streak of seven fights. In 2005, Aldo lost for the first time. Another decade will pass before it enters this column again.
Three more wins earned Aldo a chance in WEC. Earned him five wins under the WEC flag title shot Against Mike Brown, the then-champion, who finished the second round. He defended his title against Uriah Faber and Manny Gamborian prior to the UFC merger in 2011.
Featherweight was a new weight class for the UFC, so Aldo was certified as the title holder. From April 2011 to October 2015, Aldo successfully defended his title seven times against the likes of Chad Mendes, Chan Sung-jung, Frankie Edgar and others.
All of this led to the biggest bout of his career, a battle against rising star and archenemy Conor McGregor. After months of petty conversations and failed bookings, so was Aldo It came out in 13 seconds – A new champion is crowned.
Then Aldo won back-to-back fights against Jeremy Stevens and Renato Moicano, but the loss to Alexander Volkanovsky caused drop to bantam weight.
August 20 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Jose Aldo (red gloves) fights Merab Dvalishvili (blue gloves) during UFC 278 at Vivint Arena. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
There was much ado about his first division debut against Marlon Moraes in December 2019. Aldo lost through a controversial split decision, but by no means seemed out of place against another title contender.
Despite two losses in several matches, Aldo took the title against Peter Jan after Henry Cejudo retired and the title vacated. Yan Aldo finished with a kick in round 4.
Nevertheless, Aldo insisted. From December 2020 to December 2021, Aldo defeated Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhos, and Rob Font, respectively. This led to his defeat at UFC 278 to Dvalishvili on August 20.