José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior, commonly anglicized as Jose Aldo, is a Brazilian professional mixed martial artist. He is widely considered as one the best mixed martial artists of all-time, and as the greatest featherweight ever. Aldo is finally retiring from MMA.
“The King of Rio” reportedly told the UFC that he intends to retire from MMA. Following an original report Sunday from Brazilian publication Combate, MMA Junkie recently confirmed the news. At the time of his retirement, Aldo still had one bout left on his UFC contract.
Aldo’s retirement rumors surfaced in recent weeks. After losing by unanimous decision at UFC 278 in August, Aldo brought it up to his opponent, Merab Dvalishvili. Aldo’s three-fight winning streak was ended by the loss.
Aldo retires from mixed martial arts with one of the longest résumés in league history and a 21-7 UFC record. He has held the titles of WEC champion, interim champion, and featherweight champion twice. He holds the record for most UFC featherweight title defenses with seven.
Additionally, Aldo has won performance bonuses six times. Aldo exits the sport as one of the most accomplished and well-respected fighters of his time. He is well-known for his trademark leg kicks and “Run This Town” walkout, as well as his famous takedown defense and capacity to change with emerging talent. Stay tuned to Thirsty for the latest MMA news and updates.
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