Aldo in March 2015
|Born||September 9, 1986|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (170 cm)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)|
|Reach||70 in (178 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Manaus, Brazil|
Ruas Vale Tudo
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras |
Black belt in Luta livre under Marco Ruas
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu]), commonly Anglicized as Jose Aldo, is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion, becoming the first UFC Featherweight Champion after the UFC/WEC merger. He is a former three-time UFC featherweight champion overall, having been the undisputed champion twice and the interim champion once. As of July 14, 2020, he is #6 in the UFC Bantamweight rankings and he is #15 in the UFC featherweight rankings.
After his first MMA defeat in November 2005, Aldo remained undefeated for over a decade, winning 18 straight fights until UFC 194 in December 2015. He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year. In Sherdog's April 2017 pound-for-pound ranking, Aldo was called "the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history."
José Aldo was born on September 9, 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. As an infant, Aldo was dropped onto a barbecue, 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.
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 in just 16 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, in November 2005, Aldo went up a weight class to lightweight and 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.
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 rebounded in his next fight, returning to featherweight 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. 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 Aldo was able to 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, and 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 at UFC 123. 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 UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156. Aldo retained his belt via unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, and 48–47). The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. This performance resulted in Aldo setting the record for most championship bouts, including his original title plus three defences.
Aldo was expected to face Anthony Pettis on August 3, 2013, at UFC 163. 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.
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, and 49–46). The win also earned him his third Fight of the Night bonus award, and was selected Fight of the Year by multiple MMA outlets.
Losing the belt and further title fights
Aldo was scheduled to face Conor McGregor on July 11, 2015, at UFC 189. 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. Aldo faced McGregor in a title unification match on December 12, 2015, at UFC 194. He lost the fight via knockout 13 seconds into the first round, resulting in his first defeat in over ten years and his first ever loss at featherweight, ending a 15 fight win streak in the division.
Aldo faced Frankie Edgar in a rematch on July 9, 2016, at UFC 200 for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship. Aldo won the fight by unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, and 48–47). On November 26, 2016, reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was stripped of the title after winning the UFC Lightweight Championship, having never defended the Featherweight belt since he won it in December 2015. As a result, Aldo was promoted to Featherweight Champion.
Aldo faced interim featherweight champion Max Holloway in a title unification bout on June 3, 2017, in the main event at UFC 212. After winning the first two rounds on all three judges scorecards, he lost the fight by TKO in the third round. Despite the loss, the fight earned Aldo his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award. This was Aldo's 3rd loss in his 29 fight career.
Aldo was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos. However, Aldo was pulled from the bout in favour of a rematch with Holloway two weeks earlier at UFC 218, replacing an injured Frankie Edgar. Similarly to the first fight, Aldo found success in the opening rounds before slowing down and losing the fight via TKO in the third round.
Aldo faced Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 30 on July 28, 2018. The fight was Aldo's first non-title (three round) fight in over nine years. Aldo won the fight by TKO after a left hook to the body dropped Stephens, and the fight was stopped due to subsequent strikes from Aldo. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Aldo faced Renato Moicano on February 2, 2019 in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 144. He won the fight via TKO in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
On June 24, 2019, it was announced that Aldo had signed a new exclusive eight-fight contract with the UFC prior to his bout with Volkanovski. This marked a major deviation from Aldo's previous firm stance on retiring by the end of 2019, in which he stated "I had already planned to stop when I was 30 years old and begin something else. I'm at a point where I have to make a decision, and nothing is going to change my mind. Martial arts is always going to be a part of my life, but everything has a beginning, a middle and an end. And I see this coming to an end."
Move to Bantamweight
On October 23, 2019, it was announced that Aldo would be moving down to the Bantamweight division. He faced Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019. He lost the largely contested bout via split decision.
Aldo was expected to face UFC Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo on May 9, 2020 at then UFC 250. However, Aldo pulled out on April 8 due to visa issues as the event was expected to be moved to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Following Cejudo's title defense against Dominick Cruz at UFC 249, Cejudo announced he would be retiring from active mixed martial arts competition and he vacated the UFC bantamweight championship. The UFC then announced that Aldo would be facing Petr Yan at UFC 251 on July 12, 2020, for the vacant bantamweight title. Aldo lost the bout via technical knockout in round five.
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Aldo is known primarily for his Muay Thai style striking and leg kicks, coupled with defensive wrestling. Aldo also holds a black belt in Brazilian native Catch wrestling style Luta livre and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He has also trained Muay Thai with Dutch shootboxer Andy Souwer since his fight with Mark Hominick.
To date, Aldo 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.
Aldo has the most wins and knockouts in UFC and WEC featherweight history; he has landed a total of 691 significant strikes in the UFC and the WEC.
Aldo was poor growing up and often went days with little to no food. 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 with 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." The Brazilian film Mais Forte que o Mundo was based on his early life.
Aldo is married to Vivianne Perreira, who has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and has fought twice professionally in Muay Thai. Their daughter Joanna was born in 2012. Aldo is an avid football fan. In Brazil, he is well known as a supporter of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and English Premier League club Chelsea FC.
Championships and accomplishments
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- UFC Featherweight Champion (Two times, inaugural)
- Interim UFC Featherweight Champion (One time)
- Most successful title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7)
- Most consecutive title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7)
- Fight of the Night (Four times) vs. Mark Hominick, Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, and Max Holloway
- Performance of the Night (Two times) vs. Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano
- World Extreme Cagefighting
- World MMA Awards
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- CBJJ World Championships
- 2001 World Championship Bronze Medalist (blue belt)
- CBJJ Brazilian Championships
- 2003 Brazilian National Champion (purple belt)
- CBJJO Copa Del Mundo
- 2004 World Cup Champion (brown belt)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|35 matches||28 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||28–7||Petr Yan||TKO (punches)||UFC 251||July 12, 2020||5||3:24||Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||For the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.|
|Loss||28–6||Marlon Moraes||Decision (split)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Bantamweight debut.|
|Loss||28–5||Alexander Volkanovski||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 237||May 11, 2019||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||28–4||Renato Moicano||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2||February 2, 2019||2||0:44||Fortaleza, Brazil||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||27–4||Jeremy Stephens||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2||July 28, 2018||1||4:19||Calgary, Alberta, Canada||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||26–4||Max Holloway||TKO (punches)||UFC 218||December 2, 2017||3||4:51||Detroit, Michigan, United States||For the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Loss||26–3||Max Holloway||TKO (punches)||UFC 212||June 3, 2017||3||4:13||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Lost the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||26–2||Frankie Edgar||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 200||July 9, 2016||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the interim UFC Featherweight Championship. Later promoted to undisputed champion.|
|Loss||25–2||Conor McGregor||KO (punch)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||1||0:13||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost the UFC Featherweight Championship.|
|Win||25–1||Chad Mendes||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 179||October 25, 2014||5||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|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, 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, 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||Manvel 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.|
|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 (flying knee and punches)||WEC 41||June 7, 2009||1||0:08||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 and 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 (punches)||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||Fábio Mello||Decision (unanimous)||Top Fighting Championships 3||May 2, 2007||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||8–1||Thiago Meller||Decision (majority)||Gold Fighters Championship 1||May 20, 2006||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||7–1||Luciano Azevedo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Jungle Fight 5||November 26, 2005||2||3:37||Manaus, Brazil||Lightweight bout.|
|Win||7–0||Micky Young||TKO (punches)||FX3: Battle of Britain||October 15, 2005||1||1:05||Reading, England|
|Win||6–0||Phil Harris||TKO (doctor stoppage)||UK-1: Fight Night||September 17, 2005||1||N/A||Portsmouth, England|
|Win||5–0||Anderson Silverio||TKO (soccer kicks)||Meca World Vale Tudo 12||July 9, 2005||1||8:33||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, Brazil|
|Win||3–0||Luiz de Paula||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Shooto Brazil 7||March 19, 2005||1||1:54||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2–0||Hudson Rocha||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Shooto Brazil||October 23, 2004||1||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1–0||Mario Bigola||KO (head kick)||EcoFight 1||August 10, 2004||1||0:18||Macapá, Brazil|
|1.||UFC 142||Aldo vs. Mendes||14 January 2012||HSBC Arena||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||235,000|
|2.||UFC 156||Aldo vs. Edgar||2 February 2013||Mandalay Bay Events Center||Paradise, Nevada, U.S||330,000|
|3.||UFC 163||Aldo vs. Korean Zombie||3 August 2013||HSBC Arena||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||180,000|
|4.||UFC 179||Aldo vs. Mendes 2||25 October 2014||Ginásio do Maracanãzinho||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||180,000|
|5.||UFC 194||Aldo vs. McGregor||12 December 2015||MGM Grand Garden Arena||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S||1,400,000|
|6.||UFC 212||Aldo vs. Holloway||3 June 2017||Jeunesse Arena||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||200,000|
|7.||UFC 218||Holloway vs. Aldo 2||2 December 2017||Little Caesars Arena||Detroit, Michigan, U.S||230,000|
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|Awards and achievements|
| 4th WEC Featherweight Champion
November 18, 2009 – October 28, 2010
Became UFC Champion
|New title|| 1st UFC Featherweight Champion
November 20, 2010 – December 12, 2015
Title last held byConor McGregor
| 2nd UFC Interim Featherweight Champion
July 9, 2016 – November 26, 2016
Title next held byMax Holloway
| 3rd UFC Featherweight Champion
November 26, 2016 – June 3, 2017