José Aldo
Mixed martial artist
José Aldo
José Aldo is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the first and current UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo was also the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion. His only career loss has been to Luciano Azevedo. Aldo is ranked as the #1 featherweight in the world by Sherdog and #4 in their pound for pound list. He was also named the 2009 Fighter of the Year.
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Manager explains why Max Holloway isn't fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 208 -
Google News - 2 months Manager explains why Max Holloway isn't fighting Jose Aldo at UFC 208 Max Holloway and Jose Aldo won't be fighting to unify the UFC featherweight championship at UFC 208. That much is clear. Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) was asked about his willingness to fight Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) at UFC 208 on Feb. The MMA fights we'd like to see in 2017ESPN (blog) Live Chat: Jose Aldo's comments, Mark Hunt's demands, FOTY debates, UFC on FOX 22 recapMMA Fighting Max Holloway Comments on Jose Aldo, Not Fighting at UFC 208Bleacher Report MMA News -Irish Times all 73 news articles »
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Max Holloway bashes Jose Aldo, sends message to Conor McGregor following title win -
Google News - 2 months Max Holloway bashes Jose Aldo, sends message to Conor McGregor following title win Max "Blessed" Holloway has been UFC champion for only a matter of hours, but he already seems rather comfortable with that gold belt around his waist. Even before he stepped into the Octagon on Saturday night, Holloway felt like he was the best fighter ... Interim champ Max Holloway now not so sure about UFC 208 date with Jose Matches to Make After UFC UFC 206 video recap: Max Holloway wins interim belt with TKO of Anthony PettisBloody Elbow Las Vegas Review-Journal -Forbes -Bleacher Report -Tulsa World all 32 news articles »
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Conor McGregor relinquishes UFC featherweight belt back to Jose Aldo
LATimes - 3 months
Two weeks after becoming the first man to simultaneously hold two UFC belts, Ireland’s Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title. The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Saturday night that McGregor (21-3), who won the featherweight title in December with a 13-second knockout of Jose...
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Conor McGregor tells Nevada 'good luck' trying to collect massive fine -
Google News - 4 months Conor McGregor tells Nevada 'good luck' trying to collect massive fine Conor McGregor doesn't plan on fighting in Nevada again any time soon and he issued a defiant statement against the athletic commission on Friday. McGregor was hit with a whopping $150,000 fine earlier this week when the Nevada State Athletic ... Jose Aldo talks money over legacy, calls himself the best in UFC historyMMA Fighting UFC champ Conor McGregor responds to $150000 fine from NSAC: 'Good luck trying to get it' McGregor on $150000 bottle-throwing fine: 'Good luck trying to get it'Bloody Elbow -Wrestling News World all 159 news articles »
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UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez isn't calling anyone out because he's going to fight everyone anyway -
Google News - 5 months UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez isn't calling anyone out because he's going to fight everyone anyway Yair Rodriguez has made serious waves in his short professional career. With five straight wins in the UFC octagon, the Mexican featherweight seems to have the whole world in front of him. Despite having seemingly endless options for his next fight, ... Jose Aldo says he wouldn't stay in the UFC even for Conor McGregor rematchMMA Fighting Eddie Alvarez: 'Angry' Conor McGregor was informed of my potential earnings during UFC 205 Dana White: 'I give Conor McGregor way more rope than anybody else'FanSided -Bloody Elbow all 147 news articles »
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Jose Aldo says Dana White turned down Georges St-Pierre's request for $10 million Conor McGregor superfight -
Google News - 5 months Jose Aldo says Dana White turned down Georges St-Pierre's request for $10 million Conor McGregor superfight Can you imagine the marketing and unprecedented promotion that would have went into a Conor McGregor vs. Georges St-Pierre matchup? It would have filled the mixed martial arts (MMA) airwaves every hour on the hour and could have easily headlined ... What Happens If Conor McGregor Beats Eddie Alvarez?LowKick MMA UFC President Dana White Says Ronda Rousey Is "By Far" a Bigger Star Than Conor McGregorComplex Mayweather might fight again “for a couple more bucks”Boxing News 24 Scifighting all 52 news articles »
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Jose Aldo asks out of UFC after not getting Conor McGregor rematch
ABC News - 5 months
Interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is requesting a release from the world's largest fight promotion. Widely considered one of the greatest fighters of all time, Aldo, 30, publicly asked the UFC for his release on Tuesday -- one day after the promotion announced a lightweight championship fight between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor. The request was reported by Brazilian news outlet Combate. "If [UFC president Dana White] likes me and my family as he said, I only ask him to free me normally," Aldo said in Portuguese. "I don't want to fight with nobody. I want to leave the same way I entered. UFC never gave me anything, neither WEC, neither nobody. It was all my merit. "I just want them to release me from the contract. If they offer me millions, they can have it. I don't want it. Sorry for the expression, but I'm not a whore to sell myself. I'm a man." The UFC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from According.. ...
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UFC champ Conor McGregor says he'll make $40 million in 2016, then mocks 'broke bum' Eddie Alvarez -
Google News - 5 months UFC champ Conor McGregor says he'll make $40 million in 2016, then mocks 'broke bum' Eddie Alvarez UFC champion Conor McGregor is never hesitant to discuss money. Today, however, he put a price tag on his financial gains from a busy 2016 fight campaign. The year has already been very good to McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC). It could get even better, ... Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez exchange heated words at UFC 205 press conferenceMMA Fighting Conor McGregor has finally made it to New York (along with the UFC)Yahoo Sports Frustrated Jose Aldo Requests Termination of UFC Las Vegas Review-Journal -Bloody Elbow -New York Post all 449 news articles »
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A Martial Arts School Gives Hope In One Of Rio's Most Dangerous Favelas
Huffington Post - 7 months
RIO DE JANEIRO ― Children who grow up in the Brazilian favela of Maré, one of Rio’s most dangerous slums, face alarming levels of violence and poverty. The sprawling neighborhood, which is home to approximately 130,000 people, is a frequent target of harsh military and police crackdowns, as well as deadly conflict from the area’s drug trade. Ahead of the World Cup in Rio in 2014, the government sent almost 3,000 troops into Maré as part of a “pacification” plan for favelas, but crime and violence has continued. Despite the myriad problems that life in the favela entails, one Brazilian martial artist José Aldo conceived of a project that gives hope and purpose to Maré’s youth. Aldo opened a martial arts school in his name in the favela last year. So far, José Aldo Fight School has served 534 students, between the ages of 6 and 22, giving them a chance to cope with the hardships of their daily lives through practicing judo, jiu-jitsu, and boxing. “Here, we replace a gun fo ...
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Jose Aldo beats Frankie Edgar; immediately calls for Conor McGregor rematch
Fox News - 8 months
Jose Aldo got back on track with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar to claim the interim featherweight title.
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Jose Aldo compares Conor McGregor's KO punch to rare 'comet,' has confidence in UFC 200 rematch with Frankie Edgar
LATimes - 11 months
What some see as a destructive blow to his fighting future Jose Aldo dismisses as “a lucky shot.” In interpreted comments made in Portuguese, Brazil’s Aldo, a former longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion, spoke to The Times Friday from his home country, explaining that...
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Double-fisted UFC 197 in works, to feature McGregor vs. Dos Anjos and Holm vs ... - Los Angeles Times
Google News - about 1 year
Los Angeles Times Double-fisted UFC 197 in works, to feature McGregor vs. Dos Anjos and Holm vs ... Los Angeles Times Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 last month in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their ... Holm, McGregor expected on same UFC card in Las VegasSan Jose Mercury News At UFC 197, It's Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate and Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos ...Newsweek Sources: UFC 197 to feature McGregor-dos Anjos, Holm-TateESPN Bleacher Report all 322 news articles »
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Conor McGregor faces six-month medical ban after 13-second KO of Jose Aldo - Washington Post
Google News - about 1 year
Washington Post Conor McGregor faces six-month medical ban after 13-second KO of Jose Aldo Washington Post It only took new UFC featherweight champion 13 seconds to knock out Jose Aldo at UFC 194 on Saturday in Las Vegas, but now the 27-year-old Irishman could be facing a six-month medical suspension. According to MMA Fighting, which obtained a full ... Report: Conor McGregor agrees to join Vin Diesel in next 'xXx' movieYahoo Sports (blog) Mark Wahlberg: 'Very possible' Conor McGregor gets a movie Conor McGregor's Croke Park dream has not got time on its sideIrish Times Bleacher Report all 225 news articles »
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Conor McGregor: Big Mouth Strikes Again
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
UFC champion Conor McGregor brilliantly delivered on all his confident talk, knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds after connecting with a left to the jaw, writes Jason Gay.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of José Aldo
  • 2016
    Age 29
    Aldo faced Frankie Edgar in a rematch on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200 for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo won the fight by dominant unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47). Although Aldo is known primarily for his striking, his base is in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Throughout his career, he has shown acute technique on the ground, as he has been able to trap opponents in a crucifix position and submit well-versed grapplers. Aldo is also renowned for regularly winning his fights using little more than the fundamentals of Muay Thai. His Muay Thai often resembles the Dutch kickboxing style, as he has trained with Dutch kickboxing legend Andy Souwer since his fight with Mark Hominick. He employs an array of damaging knees, kicks and punches, as well as agile footwork and slick head movement. His leg kicks demonstrated in his fights against Urijah Faber, Ricardo Lamas and Frankie Edgar, for example, were particularly powerful. Aldo is regarded as having some of best takedown defense in all of MMA, as he has defended 91% of his opponents' takedown attempts. On September 28, 2014, at Nova União, under the tutelage of Mestre Roberto Leitão (10th Dan), Daniel F. A. Malvino "Pirata" (1st Dan), Marco Ruas (7th Dan) and Daniel D'dane (4th Dan), Aldo was awarded his black belt in Luta Livre. His Luta Livre instructor lineage is as follows: Roberto Leitão Sr. → João Ricardo N. de Almeida → Marco Ruas → José Aldo.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    Aldo faced McGregor in a title unification match on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.
    More Details Hide Details He lost the fight via knockout 13 seconds into the first round resulting in his first defeat in over ten years.
    Aldo was scheduled to face Conor McGregor on July 11, 2015 at UFC 189.
    More Details Hide Details On June 30, Aldo pulled out of the fight due to a rib injury. Chad Mendes took his place and was defeated by McGregor for an interim title.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    On February 1, 2014, at UFC 169 Aldo defended his title by defeating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
    More Details Hide Details Aldo again was in talks to fight Pettis after defending his title against Lamas. At the post-fight press conference, Aldo expressed interest to move up and fight Pettis at 155 lbs. However, those plans were quickly refuted as Pettis was selected to serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 20. A rematch with Chad Mendes was expected to take place on August 2, 2014, in the event headliner at UFC 176. However, in early July, Aldo pulled out of the bout with an injury. The rematch with Mendes was subsequently rescheduled and took place for October 25, 2014 at UFC 179. Despite getting dropped in the first round and being rocked in the third, Aldo scored two knockdowns of his own, one in the first and the other in the third and also rocked Mendes throughout the fight, winning four of the five rounds in the eyes of the judges thus taking the fight by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46). The win also earned him his third Fight of the Night bonus award.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    Aldo was expected to face Anthony Pettis on August 3, 2013, at UFC 163.
    More Details Hide Details However, in mid-June Pettis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung. Aldo defeated Jung via fourth round TKO, finishing Jung with a flurry of strikes after Jung suffered a dislocated shoulder while throwing an overhand right.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    Aldo next faced Chad Mendes on January 14, 2012, at UFC 142, Aldo won via KO in the final second of the first round.
    More Details Hide Details After a series of injuries and opponent change-ups, Aldo faced former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. Aldo retained his belt via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47). The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
  • 2011
    Age 24
    Aldo had his second title defense against Kenny Florian on October 8, 2011, at UFC 136, where he won by unanimous decision.
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    Aldo made his first title defense against Mark Hominick on April 30, 2011, at UFC 129 by defeating the Canadian by a unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.
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  • 2010
    Age 23
    Aldo became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, receiving the first ever UFC featherweight title belt on Saturday, November 20, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details His first defense was set to take place at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi. Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 125 after suffering a neck injury.
    On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
    More Details Hide Details As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.
    Aldo defended his title against Manvel Gamburyan by KO at 1:32 of the second round on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo and his camp have often mentioned his desire to eventually make the move up in weight to the lightweight division (155-pound limit). Having rolled through all of his opposition in the WEC featherweight class, the UFC offered Aldo a fight against Kenny Florian, who has challenged for the UFC lightweight title. Aldo and his camp declined the fight, instead deciding to remain at featherweight for the time being to defend his WEC belt.
    Aldo faced former title holder Urijah Faber on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo defeated Faber via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45). Aldo was able to use effective leg and body kicks (a total of thirty-two) to stifle Faber, sending him to the canvas several times with solid kicks. For the remaining 1:40 of the fourth round Aldo trapped Faber in the crucifix, peppering him with punches and elbows. Aldo did not engage most of the fifth (although he did land a body shot that nearly crumpled Faber). This was Aldo's first decision win in his WEC career.
  • 2009
    Age 22
    José Aldo was the recipient of Fighter of the Year accolades for 2009 from both MMA Live and
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    Aldo won the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike Brown on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44.
    More Details Hide Details He won by TKO in the second round. He was able to get Brown in the back mount, where he landed a barrage of punches, ending the fight at 1:20 of the round.
    Aldo won his fight on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41 against Cub Swanson via double flying knee eight seconds into the first round.
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  • 2008
    Age 21
    Aldo made his debut for mixed martial arts promoter World Extreme Cagefighting on June 1, 2008 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
    More Details Hide Details In his debut with the organization he defeated renowned fighter Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34.
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In his last bout before joining the WEC, Aldo fought Pancrase veteran Shoji Maruyama in the Pancrase 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo won a unanimous decision, dominating Maruyama standing and on the ground. In the first exchange, Aldo landed a front kick to Maruyama's body, sending him to the canvas. He was able to land the cleaner shots in exchanges, where he connected with leg kicks and knees while in the clinch. He took Maruyama down almost at will with trips and body-locks; whereas Maruyama failed in all his attempts to get Aldo to the mat. On the ground Aldo was able to get side control as well as top and back mount.
  • 2006
    Age 19
    Aldo rebounded in his next fight against the then-undefeated Thiago "Minu" Meller at Gold Fighters Championship I on May 20, 2006, winning a unanimous decision in a very close fight.
    More Details Hide Details Round one could have gone either way, with Aldo getting two takedowns (both times getting into half-guard) and cutting Meller's right eyebrow with a left hand. Meller went for two armbars, nearly hyper-extending Aldo's right arm in the first attempt before Aldo was able to escape. Aldo won a lackluster round two, again taking Meller down and landing some hammerfists. A seemingly exhausted Aldo stalled against the ropes much of the third round, holding Meller in the clinch. Both landed some solid strikes in the few exchanges there were in the round.
  • 2005
    Age 18
    Only a month later, in November 2005, Aldo fought respected Luta Livre black belt Luciano Azevedo at Jungle Fight 5.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo won the first round, winning most of the exchanges with solid combinations and leg kicks and stuffing Azevedo's numerous takedown attempts (he was nearly taken down early in the round, but appeared to purposefully fall out of the ropes to force a restart from the referee), as well as landing a solid knee as Azevedo went for a takedown. Aldo shrugged off Azevedo's first few takedown attempts in the second, but was eventually taken down against the ropes by a double leg. Aldo raised his hips up looking for triangles and other submissions, but Azevedo easily defended. Azevedo soon passed to half-guard and side control. He then transitioned to full mount. Aldo quickly gave up his back and rolled into the ropes. The referee restarted the fight in the center of the ring, where Azevedo locked his legs around Aldo in a body triangle. Aldo controlled Azevedo's hands for several seconds before falling back into the corner of the ring, where Azevedo was able to secure the fight-ending rear-naked choke 3:37 into round two. The loss was Aldo's first as a professional.
    Aldo then traveled to England, where he fought Micky Young at FX3- Battle of Britain on October 15, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details He defeated Young just 1:05 into the first round by TKO (punches).
    Aldo spent the next several years jumping from organization to organization. He next fought Vale Tudo and Shooto veteran Aritano Silva Barbosa, who had lost four of his last five fights, at Rio MMA Challenge 1 on May 12, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Aldo landed two knees to the chin of Barbosa in the opening seconds of the fight, sending him to the canvas where Aldo swarmed with punches. Barbosa attempted a single leg takedown, but Aldo pulled away and threw two soccer kicks to the prone Barbosa before the referee stopped the fight at twenty seconds of the first round, awarding Aldo the victory via knockout. Less than two months later Aldo fought newcomer Anderson Silvério at Meca World Vale Tudo 12. He also defeated Silvério with soccer kicks, 8:33 into the first round.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    Known by the nickname "Junior", José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior fought his first professional MMA fight at the age of 17 at EcoFight 1 on August 10, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He fought fellow countryman and newcomer Mário Bigola, whom he defeated by knockout (head kick) eighteen seconds into the first round. It would be Bigola's first and only professional fight. Aldo fought fellow Brazilian Hudson Rocha, in his second fight for Shooto Brazil. The fight was ended by doctor stoppage at the end of the first round due to a cut over Rocha's left eye, which was caused by a flying knee thrown by Aldo followed by a barrage of punches. Rocha was able to get back to his feet only to be met with more strikes and a knee before Aldo kicked his legs out from under him. Five months later he fought MMA neophyte Luiz de Paula at Shooto – Brazil 7. Aldo took de Paula down in the clinch early on in the fight. He quickly gained mount, where he rained down punches before transitioning to an arm-triangle choke, forcing de Paula to tap at 1:54 of the first round.
  • 1986
    José Aldo was born on September 9, 1986, in Manaus, Brazil.
    More Details Hide Details As an infant, Aldo was accidentally dropped onto a barbecue by his older sister, leaving a permanent scar on the left side of his face. Throughout his infant years, he was keen on football and wanted to become a professional. His aspirations were supported by his father. But Aldo grew tired of getting beaten up in fights on the street, thus starting to train capoeira to learn ways to defend himself better in brawls. Aldo used to train capoeira on the streets after the classes, once gaining attention of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer. He invited Aldo to try one session of jiu-jitsu and after the session, Aldo decided to leave capoeira to start training jiu-jitsu. At the age of 17, Aldo moved from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro having only his clothes with him and determination to train mixed martial arts there until he achieved something in the sport. He is a teammate and training partner of former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão at Nova União.
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