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Blended martial arts legend Jose Aldo shall be inducted into UFC’s Corridor of Fame class of 2023.
The information was announced throughout the UFC 283 broadcast on Saturday night, a card that includes a pair of title fights between gentle heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill and flyweights Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno.
Aldo has knowledgeable lifetime file of 31-8 (13-7 UFC). He was UFC’s first-ever featherweight champion after the promotion absorbed World Excessive Cagefighting, the place Aldo held that division’s belt.
He efficiently defended the belt a file seven occasions however misplaced it to Conor McGregor through first-round knockout in Dec. 2015. McGregor moved as much as welterweight, and Aldo later beat Frankie Edgar for an interim belt earlier than being promoted to undisputed champion.
Aldo later misplaced the belt to Max Holloway in 2017 and fell in a rematch as nicely. He moved as much as bantamweight within the latter portion of his profession and even fought for the vacant title belt, dropping to Petr Yan in 2020.
Nonetheless, the 36-year-old loved a sensational profession capped by his retirement in September. His tenure additionally included 4 Battle of the Evening and two Efficiency of the Evening bonuses.
UFC President Dana White supplied an announcement relating to Aldo’s well-deserved honor.
“Jose Aldo is the best featherweight of all time,” UFC president Dana White stated in a information launch, per Nolan King of MMA Junkie.
“From WEC to UFC, Jose helped us construct the game of MMA and UFC as a model, in addition to change the notion of the smaller weight lessons and what they may accomplish contained in the octagon. It will likely be an honor to induct him into the UFC Corridor of Fame this summer time.”
Per King, no official date for the 2023 ceremony has been introduced but, however the occasion “traditionally coincides with the promotion’s ‘Worldwide Battle Week’ festivities in July.”
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