José Aldo

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José Aldo Jr.
José Aldo, UFC 189 World Tour London.jpg
Aldo in 2015
BornJosé Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior[1]
(1986-09-09) 9 September 1986 (age 36)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Nickname(s)Junior
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionBantamweight (2019–2022)[2]
Featherweight (2004–2019)
Lightweight (2005)
Reach178 cm (70 in)[3]
Fighting out ofManaus, Amazonas, Brazil
TeamNova União
Ruas Vale Tudo
TrainerAndré Pederneiras
RankBlack belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4] under André Pederneiras[5]
Black belt in Luta Livre under Marco Ruas[6][7]
Years active2004–2022
Mixed martial arts record
Total39
Wins31
By knockout17
By submission1
By decision13
Losses8
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior[1] (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu], born 9 September 1986), commonly anglicized as Jose Aldo, is a retired Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He last competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the Bantamweight division after previously competing at Featherweight, and was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion. He became the first UFC Featherweight Champion following the UFC/WEC merger.[8] Aldo is widely considered as one of the best mixed martial artists of all-time, and as the greatest featherweight ever after defending his UFC title seven times and his WEC title twice.[9][10][11]

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, when Conor Mcgregor knocked him out in just 13 seconds. [12] He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year.[13] In Sherdog's April 2017 pound-for-pound ranking, Aldo was called "the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history."[14]

Background[edit]

José Aldo was born on 9 September 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. As an infant, Aldo was dropped onto a barbecue, leaving a permanent scar on the left side of his face.[15][16] Throughout his teen 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.[17] He is a teammate and training partner of former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão at Nova União.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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 10 August 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 a 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 newcomer 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 12 May 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 15 October 2005. He defeated Young just 1:05 into the first round by TKO (punches).

Loss to Azevedo[edit]

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.[18]

Rebound[edit]

Aldo rebounded in his next fight, returning to featherweight against the then-undefeated Thiago "Minu" Meller at Gold Fighters Championship I on 20 May 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 hammer fists. 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.[19][20][21]

Pancrase[edit]

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.[22]

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

Aldo made his debut for mixed martial arts promoter World Extreme Cagefighting on 1 June 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 7 June 2009, at WEC 41 against Cub Swanson via double flying knee eight seconds into the first round.[23]

Aldo won the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike Brown on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44.[24] 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.[25] José Aldo was the recipient of Fighter of the Year accolades for 2009 from both MMA Live and Sherdog.com.[13]

Aldo faced former titleholder Urijah Faber on 24 April 2010, at WEC 48. Aldo defeated Faber via unanimous decision (49–45, 49–45, and 50–45).[26] Aldo was able to use effective leg and body kicks (a total of thirty-two[27]) 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.[28][29]

Aldo defended his title against Manny Gamburyan by KO at 1:32 of the second round on 30 September 2010 at WEC 51.[30]

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.[31]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On 28 October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[32] Aldo became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, receiving the first ever UFC featherweight title belt on Saturday, 20 November 2010 at UFC 123.[33] His first defense was set to take place at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi.[34] Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 125 after suffering a neck injury.[35]

UFC Featherweight Champion[edit]

Aldo made his first title defense against Mark Hominick on 30 April 2011, at UFC 129 by defeating the Canadian by a unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.[36][37]

Aldo had his second title defense against Kenny Florian on 8 October 2011, at UFC 136,[38] where he won by unanimous decision.[39]

Aldo next faced Chad Mendes on 14 January 2012, at UFC 142, Aldo won via KO in the final second of the first round. His post-fight celebration, where he sprinted out of the cage and into the crowd at the HSBC Arena in Rio, is regarded as one of his most iconic moments as champion.[40][41]

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).[42] The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.[43] This performance resulted in Aldo setting the record for most championship bouts, including his original title plus three defences.[44]

Aldo was expected to face Anthony Pettis on 3 August 2013, at UFC 163.[45] However, in mid-June Pettis pulled out of the bout citing a knee injury and was replaced by Chan Sung Jung.[46] 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.[47]

On 1 February 2014, at UFC 169 Aldo defended his title by defeating Ricardo Lamas by unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, and 49–46).[48][49]

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.[50] 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 2 August 2014, in the event headliner at UFC 176.[51] However, in early July, Aldo pulled out of the bout with an injury.[52] The rematch with Mendes was subsequently rescheduled and took place for 25 October 2014 at UFC 179.[53] 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,[54] and was selected Fight of the Year by multiple MMA outlets.

Aldo (left) and Conor McGregor (right) pose for photos during the UFC 189 press conference in London.

Losing the belt and further title fights[edit]

Aldo was scheduled to face Conor McGregor on 11 July 2015, at UFC 189.[55] On 30 June, Aldo pulled out of the fight, citing a rib injury which makes him unable to fight.[56][57][58][59] Chad Mendes took his place and was defeated by McGregor for an interim title. Aldo faced McGregor in a title unification match on 12 December 2015, at UFC 194.[60] 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.[61]

Aldo faced Frankie Edgar in a rematch on 9 July 2016, at UFC 200 for the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.[62] Aldo won the fight by unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, and 48–47).[63] On 26 November 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.[64]

Aldo faced interim featherweight champion Max Holloway in a title unification bout on 3 June 2017, in the main event at UFC 212.[65] After winning the first two rounds on all three judges scorecards, he lost the fight by TKO in the third round.[66] 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.[67]

Aldo was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas on 16 December 2017, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos.[68] 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.[69] 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.[70]

Aldo faced Jeremy Stephens at UFC on Fox 30 on 28 July 2018. The fight was Aldo's first non-title (three round) fight in over nine years.[71] 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.[72] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[73]

Aldo faced Renato Moicano on 2 February 2019 in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 144.[74] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[75] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[76]

Aldo faced Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 237 on 11 May 2019, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[77] Aldo lost the fight via unanimous decision.[78]

On 24 June 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."[79][80]

Move to Bantamweight[edit]

On 23 October 2019, it was announced that Aldo would be moving down to the Bantamweight division. He faced Marlon Moraes at UFC 245 on 14 December 2019.[2] He lost the largely contested bout via split decision.[81]

Aldo was expected to face UFC Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo on 9 May 2020 at then UFC 250.[82] However, Aldo pulled out on 8 April due to visa issues as the event was expected to be moved to the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[83] 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 12 July 2020, for the vacant bantamweight title.[84] Aldo lost the bout via technical knockout in round five.[85]

Aldo faced Marlon Vera on 19 December 2020 at UFC Fight Night 183.[86] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[87]

Aldo faced Pedro Munhoz on 7 August 2021 at UFC 265.[88] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[89]

Aldo faced Rob Font in the main event of UFC on ESPN 31 on 4 December 2021.[90] After nearly finishing Font with punches multiple times, Aldo won the fight via unanimous decision.[91]

Aldo faced Merab Dvalishvili on August 20, 2022 at UFC 278.[92] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[93]

Retirement[edit]

On September 18, 2022, the same day as the birth of his son, it was announced that Aldo had retired from MMA with one fight remaining on his UFC contract.[94] Despite the initial reports, Aldo remains under contract with the UFC but was granted a permission to pursue opportunities in other sports.[95]

Fighting style[edit]

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.

On 28 September 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.[96][97] His Luta Livre instructor lineage is as follows: Roberto Leitão Sr. → João Ricardo N. de Almeida → Marco Ruas → José Aldo.[98]

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.[99]

Personal life[edit]

Aldo was poor growing up and often went on 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."[100] 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 was born in 2012.[101] On September 18, 2022, Vivianne gave birth to the couple's first son.[102]

Aldo is an avid football fan and supports Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and English Premier League club Chelsea FC.[103]

Instructor lineage[edit]

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[edit]

Mitsuyo MaedaCarlos GracieCarlson GracieAndré Pederneiras → José Aldo[104]

Luta Livre[edit]

Euclydes HatemRoberto Leitão → João Ricardo N. de Almeida → Marco Ruas → José Aldo[98][105]

Muay Thai[edit]

Nélio "Naja" Borges → Luiz Alves → Marco RuasPedro Rizzo → José Aldo[106][107][108]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Grappling credentials[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
39 matches 31 wins 8 losses
By knockout 17 4
By submission 1 1
By decision 13 3
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 31–8 Merab Dvalishvili Decision (unanimous) UFC 278 20 August 2022 3 5:00 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 31–7 Rob Font Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Font vs. Aldo 4 December 2021 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 30–7 Pedro Munhoz Decision (unanimous) UFC 265 7 August 2021 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 29–7 Marlon Vera Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Thompson vs. Neal 19 December 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 28–7 Petr Yan TKO (punches) UFC 251 12 July 2020 5 3:24 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates For the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship.
Loss 28–6 Marlon Moraes Decision (split) UFC 245 14 December 2019 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Bantamweight debut.
Loss 28–5 Alexander Volkanovski Decision (unanimous) UFC 237 11 May 2019 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 28–4 Renato Moicano TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Assunção vs. Moraes 2 2 February 2019 2 0:44 Fortaleza, Brazil Performance of the Night.
Win 27–4 Jeremy Stephens TKO (punches) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 28 July 2018 1 4:19 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Performance of the Night.
Loss 26–4 Max Holloway TKO (punches) UFC 218 2 December 2017 3 4:51 Detroit, Michigan, United States For the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Loss 26–3 Max Holloway TKO (punches) UFC 212 3 June 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 9 July 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 12 December 2015 1 0:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 25–1 Chad Mendes Decision (unanimous) UFC 179 25 October 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 1 February 2014 5 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 23–1 Chan Sung Jung TKO (punches) UFC 163 3 August 2013 4 2:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 22–1 Frankie Edgar Decision (unanimous) UFC 156 2 February 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 14 January 2012 1 4:59 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 20–1 Kenny Florian Decision (unanimous) UFC 136 8 October 2011 5 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States Defended the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Win 19–1 Mark Hominick Decision (unanimous) UFC 129 30 April 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 30 September 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 24 April 2010 5 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Defended the WEC Featherweight Championship.
Win 16–1 Mike Brown TKO (punches) WEC 44 18 November 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 7 June 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 1 March 2009 1 1:39 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Win 13–1 Rolando Perez KO (knee and punches) WEC 38 25 January 2009 1 4:15 San Diego, California, United States Knockout of the Night.
Win 12–1 Jonathan Brookins TKO (punches) WEC 36 5 November 2008 3 0:45 Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win 11–1 Alexandre Franca Nogueira TKO (punches) WEC 34 1 June 2008 2 3:22 Sacramento, California, United States
Win 10–1 Shoji Maruyama Decision (unanimous) Pancrase: 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals 27 July 2007 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Win 9–1 Fábio Mello Decision (unanimous) Top Fighting Championships 3 2 May 2007 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 8–1 Thiago Meller Decision (majority) Gold Fighters Championship 1 20 May 2006 3 5:00 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Loss 7–1 Luciano Azevedo Submission (rear-naked choke) Jungle Fight 5 26 November 2005 2 3:37 Manaus, Brazil Lightweight bout.
Win 7–0 Micky Young TKO (punches) FX3: Battle of Britain 15 October 2005 1 1:05 Reading, England
Win 6–0 Phil Harris TKO (doctor stoppage) UK-1: Fight Night 17 September 2005 1 N/A Portsmouth, England
Win 5–0 Anderson Silverio TKO (submission to soccer kicks) Meca World Vale Tudo 12 9 July 2005 1 8:33 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Aritano Silva Barbosa KO (soccer kicks) Rio MMA Challenge 1 12 May 2005 1 0:20 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 3–0 Luiz de Paula Submission (arm-triangle choke) Shooto Brazil 7 19 March 2005 1 1:54 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 2–0 Hudson Rocha TKO (doctor stoppage) Shooto Brazil 23 October 2004 1 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 1–0 Mario Bigola KO (head kick) EcoFight 1 10 August 2004 1 0:18 Macapá, Brazil

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Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No Event Fight Date Venue City PPV buys
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 1,200,000
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
Total sales 2,555,000

See also[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by 4th WEC Featherweight Champion
18 November 2009 – 28 October 2010
Succeeded by
Became UFC Champion
New title 1st UFC Featherweight Champion
20 November 2010 – 12 December 2015
Succeeded by
Vacant
Title last held by
Conor McGregor
2nd UFC Interim Featherweight Champion
9 July 2016 – 26 November 2016
Vacant
Title next held by
Max Holloway
Preceded by 3rd UFC Featherweight Champion
26 November 2016 – 3 June 2017
Succeeded by