Former two-time UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo knowledgeable the battle promotion that’s he’s retiring from combined martial arts competitors. Brazilian information outlet Combate first reported the information on Sunday.
Aldo made his skilled MMA debut in August 2004. He signed with World Excessive Cagefighting (WEC) in 2008 with a 10-1 report. After 5 fights, all finishes, Aldo fought for the 145-pound championship. He defeated then-champion Mike Brown in November 2009 and head the title till December 2015.
“The King of Rio” was probably the most dominant champions in UFC historical past. The battle promotion bought WEC in 2010 and Aldo was named the inaugural UFC featherweight champion. He efficiently defended the belt seven instances earlier than dropping to Conor McGregor.
Aldo would win again the featherweight title by defeating former light-weight champion Frankie Edgar for the vacant belt in 2016 to turn out to be a two-time champion. He was defeated by Max Holloway in his subsequent outing. Holloway defeated Aldo a second time within the rematch.
Aldo modified weight lessons in 2019 and fought Petr Yan for the vacant 135-pound title however was stopped late within the ultimate spherical. He then strung collectively three consecutive wins and was maybe one win away from incomes one other crack on the bantamweight belt.
His win streak got here to an finish at UFC 278 on Aug. 20 when he was defeated by Merab Dvalishvili by unanimous determination. Following the battle, Aldo advised Dvalishvili that he was eager about retirement.
The 36-year previous hangs up his gloves after 18 years of competitors with a profession report of 31-8. He had one battle remaining on his contract, however was granted his launch and is free to pursue different alternatives.