|José Aldo Júnior|
September 9, 1986
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Website||Official UFC Profile|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
José Aldo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu]; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a Featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Aldo was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, was awarded the UFC Featherweight Championship during the UFC/WEC merger. He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year. As of June 28, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and ranked the #1 Featherweight in the world by Sherdog. While Aldo is primarily a Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner under André Pederneiras, he has won the majority of his fights by KO/TKO.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Fighting style
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
When Aldo was young, 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 Renan Barão at Nova União.
Mixed martial arts career
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. 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.
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. 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.
Aldo then traveled to England, where he fought Micky Young at FX3- Battle of Britain on October 15, 2005. He defeated Young just 1:05 into the first round by TKO (punches).
Loss to Azevedo
Only a month later, Aldo fought respected Luta Livre black-belt Luciano Azevedo at Jungle Fight 5. 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.
He 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 not only Aldo's first as a professional, but the only defeat he has suffered in his career so far.
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. 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; while 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.
In his last bout before joining the WEC, Aldo fought Pancrase veteran Shoji Maruyama in the Pancrase 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals. 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 he was able get side control as well as top and back mount.
World Extreme Cagefighting
Aldo made his debut for mixed martial arts promoter World Extreme Cagefighting on June 1, 2008 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. In his debut with the organization he defeated renowned fighter Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34. Aldo won his fight on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41 against Cub Swanson via double flying knee eight seconds into the first round.
Aldo won the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike Brown on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44. 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. José Aldo was the recipient of Fighter of the Year accolades for 2009 from both MMA Live and Sherdog.com.
Aldo faced former title holder Urijah Faber on April 24, 2010 at WEC 48. 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.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC. Aldo became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, receiving the first ever UFC featherweight title belt on Saturday, November 20, 2010. 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.
UFC Featherweight Champion
After a series of injuries and opponent change ups, Aldo faced former 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.
On February 1, 2014 at UFC 169 Aldo defended his title by defeating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46).
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 is now expected for October 25, 2014 at UFC 179.
Aldo is known as an excellent ground-fighter, with his base art lying in Brazilian jiu-jitsu rather than striking as one may assume; however, he is also renowned for his versatility and well-roundedness, regularly winning his fights with little more than fundamentally excellent kickboxing and employing an array of damaging knees and kicks as well as hard punches, agile footwork, and slick head movement. His low roundhouse kicks, demonstrated in his fights with Urijah Faber, Ricardo Lamas, and Frankie Edgar, are particularly powerful. Aldo owns three knockout wins via knee, the second most in UFC/Pride/Strikeforce/WEC history behind only Anderson Silva. Aldo also has some of the best takedown defense of any fighter in MMA, with his 88.9% takedown defense being the 6th highest in UFC history.
José Aldo was not very well off growing up, as WEC general manager Reed Harris states, "They were telling me that Wagnney Fabiano would be at the gym, and José would show up, and Wagnney would say, 'Have you eaten today or yesterday?' If not, they would go get him some food. That's how poor he was." When asked in an interview by the WEC what his motivation is, Aldo replied "My personal desires. My dream, my goal is to own my own house. This dream motivates me more and more as I get closer to fulfilling it". 
Aldo received a scar on the left side of his face as a child, when his sisters rolled him into a barbecue pit while his mother was distracted, which led to him gaining the nickname "Scarface".
Aldo is married. His wife has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and has fought twice professionally in Muay-Thai. In Brazil, he is well known for his fighting talent and for being an association football supporter of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and English Premier League club Chelsea FC.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- World MMA Awards
- 2010 Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|25 matches||24 wins||1 loss|
|Win||24–1||Ricardo Lamas||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 169||February 1, 2014||5||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||23–1||Chan Sung Jung||TKO (punches)||UFC 163||August 3, 2013||4||2:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||22–1||Frankie Edgar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 156||February 2, 2013||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||21–1||Chad Mendes||KO (knee)||UFC 142||January 14, 2012||1||4:59||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||20–1||Kenny Florian||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 136||October 8, 2011||5||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||19–1||Mark Hominick||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 129||April 30, 2011||5||5:00||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||18–1||Manny Gamburyan||KO (punches)||WEC 51||September 30, 2010||2||1:32||Broomfield, Colorado, United States||Defended the WEC Featherweight Championship. Later promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion when WEC folded.|
|Win||17–1||Urijah Faber||Decision (unanimous)||WEC 48||April 24, 2010||5||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States||Defended the WEC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||16–1||Mike Brown||TKO (punches)||WEC 44||November 18, 2009||2||1:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the WEC Featherweight Championship. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||15–1||Cub Swanson||TKO (double flying knee & punches)||WEC 41||June 7, 2009||1||0:07||Sacramento, California, United States||WEC Featherweight title eliminator. Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||14–1||Chris Mickle||TKO (punches)||WEC 39||March 1, 2009||1||1:39||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Win||13–1||Rolando Perez||KO (knee & punches)||WEC 38||January 25, 2009||1||4:15||San Diego, California, United States||Knockout of the Night.|
|Win||12–1||Jonathan Brookins||TKO (punches)||WEC 36||November 5, 2008||3||0:45||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||11–1||Alexandre Franca Nogueira||TKO (elbows)||WEC 34||June 1, 2008||2||3:22||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||10–1||Shoji Maruyama||Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals||July 27, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Fabio Mello||Decision (unanimous)||Top Fighting Championships 3||May 2, 2007||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Thiago Meller||Decision (unanimous)||Gold Fighters Championship 1||May 20, 2006||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Return to Featherweight.|
|Loss||7–1||Luciano Azevedo||Submission (rear naked choke)||Jungle Fight 5||November 26, 2005||2||3:37||Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil||Lightweight Bout.|
|Win||7–0||Micky Young||TKO (punches)||FX3: Battle of Britain||October 15, 2005||1||1:05||Reading, Berkshire, England|
|Win||6–0||Phil Harris||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UK-1: Fight Night||September 17, 2005||1||N/A||Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||5–0||Anderson Silverio||Submission (soccer kicks)||Meca World Vale Tudo 12||July 9, 2005||1||8:33||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||4–0||Aritano Silva Barbosa||KO (soccer kicks)||Rio MMA Challenge 1||May 12, 2005||1||0:20||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Luiz de Paula||Submission (arm triangle choke)||Shooto Brazil 7||March 19, 2005||1||1:54||Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Hudson Rocha||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Shooto Brazil||October 23, 2004||1||5:00||São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Mario Bigola||KO (head kick & soccer kick)||EcoFight 1||August 10, 2004||1||0:18||Macapá, Amapá, Brazil|
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- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Jose Aldo from Sherdog
- Jose Aldo BJJ Heroes Page
- Jose Aldo Facebook
- Top 5 Jose Aldo Knockouts
|4th WEC Featherweight Champion
November 18, 2009 – October 28, 2010
Became UFC Champion
|New championship||1st UFC Featherweight Champion
October 28, 2010 – Present