Following a interview in which his coach Andre Pederneiras advised Jose Aldo to retire, it looks like 36-year-old has taken advice to heart.

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José Aldo was born on 9 September 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. As an infant, Aldo was dropped onto a barbecue, leaving a permanent scar on the left side of his face.

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Born José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior
9 September 1986 (age 36)
Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Nickname(s) Junior
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Division Bantamweight (2019–2022)
Featherweight (2004–2019)
Lightweight (2005)

Throughout his teen years, he was keen on football and wanted to become a professional. His aspirations were supported by his father.

But Aldo grew tired of getting beaten up in fights on the street, thus starting to train capoeira to learn ways to defend himself better in brawls.

Aldo used to train capoeira on the streets after the classes, once gaining attention of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer.

He invited Aldo to try one session of jiu-jitsu and after the session, Aldo decided to leave capoeira to start training jiu-jitsu.

At the age of 17, Aldo moved from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro having only his clothes with him and determination to train mixed martial arts there until he achieved something in the sport.

He is a teammate and training partner of former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão at Nova União.


Jose Aldo has retired from mixed martial arts after a legendary career that has spanned nearly two decades.

News of the former featherweight champion’s retirement came earlier today via Combate, which noted Aldo had entered into an agreement with the UFC that allowed him to be released from his contract despite still having one fight left.

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While specifics of that agreement are somewhat unclear, it’s believed that Aldo may still compete in boxing or Muay Thai competitions in the future.

Aldo hasn’t made any direct comments to the press regarding his decision, but did celebrate the birth of his son on Twitter.

“18.09.2022, day of celebration, our long-awaited José Aldo III has arrived,” Aldo wrote on Instagram. “It feels like the first time, and we’re here with open arms to give you all the love in the world.

So beautiful and so small, capable of awakening the greatest feeling: LOVE. And here we are diving in a sea of immeasurable Love! How wonderful God is !!! Welcome my son! We love you!”

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Known by the nickname “Junior”, José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior fought his first professional MMA fight at the age of 17 at EcoFight 1 on 10 August 2004.

He fought fellow countryman and newcomer Mário Bigola, whom he defeated by knockout in just 16 seconds into the first round. It would be Bigola’s first and only professional fight.

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Aldo fought fellow Brazilian Hudson Rocha, in his second fight for Shooto Brazil, Jose aldo Sherdog.

The fight was ended by a 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.

Five months later he fought MMA newcomer 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.


On 28 October 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.

Aldo became the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion, receiving the first ever UFC featherweight title belt on Saturday, 20 November 2010 at UFC 123.

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His first defense was set to take place at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi.

Then aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 125 after suffering a neck injury.

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

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

Then he next faced Chad Mendes on 14 January 2012, at UFC 142, Aldo won via KO in the final second of the first round.

His post-fight celebration, where he sprinted out of the cage and into the crowd at the HSBC Arena in Rio, is regarded as one of his most iconic moments as champion.

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Aldo was scheduled to face Conor McGregor on 11 July 2015, at UFC 189. On 30 June, Aldo pulled out of the fight, citing a rib injury which makes him unable to fight.

Chad Mendes took his place and was defeated by McGregor for an interim title. Aldo faced McGregor in a title unification match on 12 December 2015, at UFC 194.

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                   Mixed martial arts record                  
Total 39
Wins 31
By knockout 17
By submission 1
By decision 13
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 1
By decision 3

Aldo faced interim featherweight champion Max Holloway in a title unification bout on 3 June 2017, in the main event at UFC 212.

After winning the first two rounds on all three judges scorecards, he lost the fight by TKO in the third round.

Despite the loss, the fight earned Aldo his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award. This was Aldo’s 3rd loss in his 29 fight career.

Aldo was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas on 16 December 2017, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos.

However, Aldo was pulled from the bout in favour of a rematch with Holloway two weeks earlier at UFC 218, replacing an injured Frankie Edgar.

On September 18, 2022, the same day as the birth of his son, it was announced that Aldo had retired from MMA with one fight remaining on his UFC contract.

He was officially granted his release and is free to pursue other opportunities.

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By Rishabh

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