The King of Rio and UFC Featherweight Champion, Jose Aldo, retires from the UFC with a fight left under his contract. Jose Aldo requested that Dana White release him from the contract.
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Jose Aldo’s long MMA career of two decades comes to an end. Aldo is one of the greatest fighters in the history of Combat Sports. He is a legend in the MMA world.
Aldo ends his career as a featherweight champion with a record of (31-8) and is widely regarded as the best pound-to-pound fighter in the MMA world.
Jose Aldo won 25 of his first 26 bouts. The bouts saw the rise of Jose Aldo as a star where he displayed dominant performances knocking out his opponents and favored decision wins.
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The news broke out earlier on September 19 a month after his loss to Merab Dvalishvil at UFC 278 by unanimous decision. He was on a 3-match winning streak prior to the match.
He is the world’s number 6th ranked bantamweight in the MMA Global Rankings.
Jose Aldo Early career
Jose Aldo rose on the scene as a fighter in August 2004. He quickly rose through the ranks winning 10 out of his first 11 fights.
He then joined the Extreme Cage Fighting promotion in 2008. Aldo dominated the promotion knocking out opponents and he went on a 5-match-winning streak.
He claimed his first featherweight championship at the age of 23 defeating Mike Brown at WEC 44. Aldo won the match via TKO in the second round.
He was later part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2010 after ECF was merged into the UFC. As a result, he was named the inaugural featherweight champion of the UFC.
Aldo was on a terror path defeating every opponent that comes in his way. He defended the title a record seven consecutive times.
Conor McGregor ended Aldo’s dream run at UFC 194. After dropping the title to McGregor, Jose Aldo set his sights on the interim title. He became the UFC interim champion at UFC 200.
As the years passed, he was dropped to the bantamweight division. Aldo struggled to get constant wins in the division. He lost to Marlon Moraes by split decision and then lost to Petr Yan at UFC 251. He then came back with some huge wins over Marlon Vera, Rob Font, and Pedro Munoz.
Jose Aldo Career Highlights
- 2 time UFC Feather Weight Champion
- 1 time UFC Interim Feather weight Champion
- 7 most successful title defenses in UFC Feather weight history.
- 4 time Fight of the Night winner
- 2 time Performance of the Night winner
- 1 time WEC Featherweight Champion
- Mos Consecutive Wins in UFC history – 8 times
- Most finishes in UFC/WEC Featherweight History – 11 times
Jose Aldo UFC stats
The King of Rio has a career UFC record of 31 wins and 8 losses. He won his very first bout against Alexandre Franca Nogueira. He lost his last fight in the UFC to Merab Dvalishvil at UFC 278, the night where Leon Edwards shocked Kamaru Usman.
Jose Aldo’s Net Worth and Career Earnings
Aldo has earned a lot throughout his career, where he was part of some of the biggest fights in UFC and MMA history. His total earnings from UFC fights are $9,497,333. His highest earning in a single fight is against Conor McGregor at UFC 194, where he was paid $2,540,000 for the bout.
He got paid $431,000 at UFC 278 for his last fight. Aldo earns an estimated salary of $1 million or more per year. Jose Aldo’s estimated net worth is $10 million dollars (USD).