Former UFC champion Jose Aldo is retiring from mixed martial arts

Former UFC champion Jose Aldo is retiring from mixed martial arts

One of the consensus greatest fighters of all time has retired from mixed martial arts.

“King of Rio” Jose Aldo recently informed the UFC of his plans to stop fighting. MMA Junkie confirmed the news with a source close to the situation following an initial report on Sunday from Brazilian Combat outlet. Aldo, 36, had one fight on his UFC contract when he retired.

In recent weeks, there has been speculation of a retirement. Aldo mentioned it to opponent Merab Dvalishvili after a unanimous decision loss at UFC 278 in August. The win ended a three-fight winning streak for Aldo.

Aldo steps away from MMA with a 21-7 UFC record and one of the longest awards lists in the history of the promotion. He is a two-time former featherweight champion, former interim champion, and former WEC champion. His seven UFC featherweight title defenses rank first all-time. He is also a six-time performance bonus winner.

Known for his signature leg kicks and “Run This Town” walk, as well as his legendary smart defense and ability to advance new waves of talent, Aldo leaves the sport as one of the sport’s most elite and respected fighters. of his generation.

Born in Manaus, Brazil, Aldo began training in martial arts as a teenager, putting aside aspirations of a soccer career. At 17, he had his first MMA fight, one that started a seven-fight winning streak. In 2005, Aldo lost for the first time. It would be another ten years before he would re-enter that column.

Three more wins gave Aldo a chance in the WEC. Five wins under the WEC banner earned him a title win against fighter Mike Brown, which he finished in Round 2. He defended his title against Urijah Faber and Manny Gamburyan before the UFC merger in 2011.

Featherweight was a new weight class for the UFC, so Aldo was accepted 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, and Frankie Edgar among others.

It all set up the biggest bout of his career, a battle against rising superstar and arch nemesis Conor McGregor. After months of trash talk and failed booking, Aldo was knocked out in 13 seconds – and a new champion was crowned.

Aldo won an interim title against Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, when McGregor stood cageside to grind out the winner. The rematch would never happen, however, as McGregor had to vacate the title.

Undisputed champion again, Aldo lost the title to Max Holloway the next time out. Both rematches came six months later, but the result was the same: a third-round TKO for Holloway.

Aldo then won back-to-back fights against Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano, but dropped to bantamweight due to a loss to Alexander Volkanovski.

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

His divisional debut against Marlon Moraes in December 2019 was well-loved. Aldo lost by controversial split decision, but he didn’t look out of place against a recent title contender.

Despite two losses in as many outings, Aldo was awarded a title shot against Petr Yan after Henry Cejudo retired and vacated the title. Yan finished Aldo with strikes in Round 4.

Still, Aldo insisted. From December 2020 to December 2021, Aldo defeated Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz, and Rob Font consecutively. That led to his UFC 278 win over Dvalishvili on August 20.

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie

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