Aldo in March 2015
September 9, 1986 |
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)|
|Reach||70.0 in (178 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Luta Livre, Kickboxing, Capoeira|
|Fighting out of||Manaus, Brazil|
Ruas Vale Tudo
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under André Pederneiras
Black belt in Luta Livre Esportiva under Marco Ruas
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Website||Official UFC Profile|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈaldu]; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the UFC Featherweight Champion, currently in his second reign. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, became the first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger. He is currently a two-time UFC Featherweight Champion, having been promoted from interim champion in the wake of former champion Conor McGregor relinquishing the title on 27th November 2016. He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year. He is currently #5 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings, having been ranked as high as #1 in 2015, and ranked the #2 featherweight in the world and #8 pound-for-pound by Sherdog. In the decade between losses in November 2005 and December 2015, Aldo was undefeated in 18 fights, before being defeated by Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
- 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
José Aldo was born on September 9, 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Known by the nickname "junior mac", 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, in November 2005, 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.
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 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, 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 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. 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, 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.
Loss to McGregor and interim UFC Featherweight Championship
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.
Promotion to Featherweight champion
On November 26, 2016, reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was stripped of the title after winning the UFC Lightweight Championship, having not defended the Featherweight belt since December 2015. As a result, Aldo was promoted to Featherweight Champion.
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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.
Aldo has both the most wins and knockouts in UFC and WEC featherweight history, has landed a total of 691 significant strikes in the UFC and the WEC, and holds the record for the longest winning streak in UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and Pride featherweight history, with fifteen consecutive victories.
Aldo was very poor 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 is married to Vivianne Pereira, who is 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 Soccer 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 Championship (Two times; current)
- Interim UFC Featherweight Championship (One time)
- Most successful title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7)
- Most consecutive title defenses in UFC featherweight history (7)
- Fourth most consecutive title defenses in UFC history (7)
- Former #1 P4P fighter in UFC
- Fight of the Night (three times) vs. Mark Hominick, Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes
- 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|
|28 matches||26 wins||2 losses|
|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||Submission (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|
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|Awards and achievements|
|4th WEC Featherweight Champion
November 18, 2009 – October 28, 2010
Became UFC Champion
|New championship||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
|3rd UFC Featherweight Champion
November 26, 2016 – present