José Aldo

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José Aldo
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Born José Aldo
September 9, 1986 (1986-09-09) (age 35)
Manaus, Brazil
Other names Junior, Scarface
Nationality Brazilian
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Division Featherweight
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Fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Team Nova União[1]
Black House
Flamengo [2]
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
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Years active 2004–present
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Mixed martial arts record
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Wins 21
By knockout 14
By submission 1
By decision 6

Losses 1
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No contests

José Aldo (Template:IPA-pt; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship where he is the first and current UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo was also the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion. His only career loss has been to Luciano Azevedo.

Aldo is ranked as the #1 featherweight in the world by Sherdog [3] and #4 in their pound for pound list.[4] He was also named the 2009 Fighter of the Year.[5]

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Known by the nickname "Junior", José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior fought his first professional MMA fight at the age of seventeen 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.[6] 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.[7]

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.[8]

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 tried for the single, 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.[9] 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.[10]

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, 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.

He 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 not only Aldo's first as a professional, but the only defeat he has suffered in his career so far.[11]


Aldo rebounded in his next fight against the then-undefeated Thiago "Minu" Meller at Gold Fighters Championship I on May 20, 2006, winning a majority 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; while 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.[12][13][14]


In his last fight 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 he was able get side control and top and back mount.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17] José Aldo was the recipient of Fighter of the Year accolades for 2009 from both MMA Live and[18]

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[19]). Aldo was able to use effective leg and body kicks (a total of thirty-two[20]) 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.[21][22]

Aldo defended his title against Manvel Gamburyan by KO at 1:32 of the second round on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.[23]

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.[24]

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.[25] Aldo became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, receiving the first ever UFC featherweight title belt on Saturday, November 20, 2010.[26] His first defense was set to take place at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi.[27][28] Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 125 after suffering a neck injury[29] just three days after receiving his UFC belt.[30] Dustin Poirier stepped in to take his place and fought Grispi at UFC 125.[31]

Aldo made his first title defense against Mark Hominick on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129 by defeating the Canadian by a unanimous decision in a bout that earned Fight of the Night honors.[32]

Following UFC 129, Dana White mentioned in the post-fight press conference that Aldo could face Chad Mendes as soon as UFC 133. However, Aldo would be sidelined until October recovering from various injuries sustained during the Hominick bout.[33][34]

Aldo had his second title defense against Kenny Florian on October 8, 2011 at UFC 136,[35] where he won by unanimous decision.

Aldo faced Chad Mendes on January 14, 2012 at UFC 142 he spent most of the fight defending Mendes' take-down attempts with ease. Aldo won via KO in the final second of the first round. He celebrated the victory in the crowd with the fans, many of which were from his hometown.

Aldo was expected to face Erik Koch on July 21, 2012 at UFC 149.[36] However, Aldo was forced out of the bout citing an injury and the bout was postponed.[37]

Personal life

José Aldo was not very well off 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". [38]

Aldo received a scar on the left side of his face as a child, when his sisters rolled him into a barbecue pit while his mother was distracted, which led to him gaining the nickname "Scarface".[39]

Aldo is married. His wife has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and has fought twice professionally in Muay-Thai.[40] In Brazil, he is well known for his fighting talent and for being an association football supporter of Clube de Regatas do Flamengo and English club Chelsea F.C.[41][42]

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed Martial Arts

  • World MMA Awards
    • 2010 Charles "Mask" Lewis Fighter of the Year

Mixed martial arts record

Template:MMArecordbox Template:MMA record start |- | |align=center| |Erik Koch | |UFC 153 |Template:Dts |align=center| |align=center| |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Defending UFC Featherweight Championship. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 21–1 | Chad Mendes |KO (knee and punches) |UFC 142 | Template:Dts |align=center|1 |align=center|4:59 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Defended UFC Featherweight Championship. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 20–1 | Kenny Florian | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 136 | Template:Dts |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 | Houston, Texas, United States | Defended UFC Featherweight Championship. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 19–1 | Mark Hominick | Decision (unanimous) | UFC 129 | Template:Dts |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 |Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Defended UFC Featherweight Championship. Fight of the Night. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 18–1 | Manvel Gamburyan | KO (punches) | WEC 51 | Template:Dts |align=center| 2 |align=center| 1:32 |Broomfield, Colorado, United States | Defended WEC Featherweight Championship. promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 17–1 | Urijah Faber | Decision (unanimous) | WEC 48 | Template:Dts |align=center| 5 |align=center| 5:00 |Sacramento, California, United States | Defended WEC Featherweight Championship. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 16–1 | Mike Brown | TKO (punches) | WEC 44 | Template:Dts |align=center| 2 |align=center| 1:20 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | Won WEC Featherweight Championship. Knockout of the Night. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 15–1 | Cub Swanson | TKO (double flying knee & punches) | WEC 41 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:08 |Sacramento, California, United States | WEC Featherweight title eliminator. Knockout of the Night. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 14–1 | Chris Mickle | TKO (punches) | WEC 39 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:39 |Corpus Christi, Texas, United States | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 13–1 | Rolando Perez | KO (knee & punches) | WEC 38 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 4:15 |San Diego, California, United States | Knockout of the Night. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 12–1 | Jonathan Brookins | TKO (punches) | WEC 36 | Template:Dts |align=center| 3 |align=center| 0:45 |Hollywood, Florida, United States | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 11–1 | Alexandre Franca Nogueira | TKO (elbows) | WEC 34 | Template:Dts |align=center| 2 |align=center| 3:22 |Sacramento, California, United States | WEC Debut. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 10–1 | Shoji Maruyama | Decision (unanimous) | Pancrase | Template:Dts |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Tokyo, Japan | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 9–1 | Fabio Mello | Decision (unanimous) | TFC 3 | Template:Dts |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 8–1 | Thiago Meller | Decision (majority) | GFC 1 | Template:Dts |align=center| 3 |align=center| 5:00 |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | Return to Featherweight. |- | Template:No2Loss |align=center| 7–1 | Luciano Azevedo | Submission (rear-naked choke) | Jungle Fight 5 | Template:Dts |align=center| 2 |align=center| 3:37 |Manaus, Brazil | Lightweight Bout. |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 7–0 | Micky Young | TKO (punches) | FX3 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:05 |Reading, Berkshire, England | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 6–0 | Phil Harris | TKO (doctor stoppage) | UK-1 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| N/A |Portsmouth, England | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 5–0 | Anderson Silverio | Submission (soccer kicks) | Meca 12 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 8:33 |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 4–0 | Aritano Silva Barbosa | KO (soccer kicks) | Rio MMA 1 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:20 |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 3–0 | Luiz de Paula | Submission (arm triangle choke) | Shooto 7 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 1:54 |Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 2–0 | Hudson Rocha | TKO (doctor stoppage) | Shooto Brazil | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 5:00 |São Paulo, Brazil | |- | Template:Yes2Win |align=center| 1–0 | Mario Bigola | KO (head kick and soccer kick) | EcoFight 1 | Template:Dts |align=center| 1 |align=center| 0:18 |Amapá, Brazil | Template:End

See also


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  4. "'s Pound-for-Pound Top 10". Sherdog. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  5. "Sherdog’s Fighter of the Year". Sherdog. 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  16. "Brown-Aldo Set for November WEC". July 15, 2009. 
  17. "Aldo Dethrones Brown, Takes WEC Crown". November 19, 2009. 
  18. "Sherdog’s Fighter of the Year". January 15, 2010. 
  19. "Faber shows off bruises after leg takes a beating in loss to WEC champ Aldo". The Canadian Press. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  20. "CompuStrike: Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber". CompuStrike. Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  21. "WEC 48 Faber vs Aldo Results: Champ Jose Aldo Dominates Urijah Faber". Retrieved April 24, 2010. 
  22. "WEC 48 Results & Live Play-by-Play". Retrieved April 27, 2010. 
  23. "Aldo vs. Gamburyan set for WEC 51 main event". July 12, 2010. 
  24. "UFC Confirms Aldo Was Offered Florian Fight and Turned It Down". October 26, 2010. 
  25. "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". October 28, 2010. 
  26. "UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo Awarded Title Belt". November 20, 2010. 
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  28. "Jose Aldo To Defend UFC Featherweight Title Against Josh Grispi at UFC 125". October 29, 2010. 
  29. Gross, Josh (November 24, 2010). "Injured Aldo a no-go for UFC 125". Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  30. "Featherweight Champ Jose Aldo Injured, Bows Out of UFC 125". November 23, 2010. 
  31. "Dustin Poirier Steps In To Face Josh Grispi at UFC 125". November 24, 2010. 
  32. "UFC Fight for the Troops: Mark Hominick TKOs Roop; Earns Shot at Aldo At UFC 129". January 22, 2011. 
  33. "Rashad Evans vs. Phil Davis Headlines UFC 133; Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes Likely Delayed". May 17, 2011. 
  34. "Jose Aldo Out of UFC 133 Featherweight Title Defense Against Chad Mendes". May 24, 2011. 
  35. "Jose Aldo vs Kenny Florian title fight announced for UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston, Texas". July 15, 2011. 
  36. "Champ Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch title fight headlines UFC 149 in Calgary". April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  37. Whitman, Mike (June 9, 2012). "Jose Aldo-Erik Koch Title Bout Postponed; Urijah Faber-Renan Barao to Headline UFC 149". Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  38. "Fighter Detail Jose Aldo "Junior"". World Extreme Cagefighting. 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  39. "Aldo: "I'm the number one pound-for-pound fighter"". 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2010-01-15. 
  40. "After leaving family to study jiu-jitsu, WEC’s José Aldo returned home a champion". Yahoo Sports. 2010-02-16.;_ylt=AiTV6jba5PQyiEXGLeubtPGtEo14?slug=mmajunkie-Aldo_returned_home_champion&prov=mmajunkie&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-02-16. [dead link]
  41. "Orgulho manauara". Retrieved 2011-05-02. 
  42. "Jose Aldo".!/josealdojunior. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  43. "Sherdog's 2011 Fighter of the Year". 

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