Goodbye To a Legend, Jose Aldo Retires From MMA

Goodbye To a Legend, Jose Aldo Retires From MMA

By Abdullah Ouazri
Sunday, September 18th 2022, 6:50PM, 19 days ago

Jose Aldo has retired from the sport of MMA indefinitely and has been granted a full release by the UFC. He is no longer under any sort of contract and is free to explore other sports, per Combate.

This news was accentuated by the birth of a newborn child in the Aldo family. Jose Aldo lll was welcomed to the world earlier today.

There is no 'greatest of all time' conversation without mentioning Jose Aldo in it. He holds numerous records inside the UFC and is undoubtedly one of the greatest mixed martial artists ever.

His notoriety began when he rose through the ranks of the WEC and became the Featherweight champion at just 23 years old, the youngest in history. Following the fastest knockout in WEC history, against Cub Swanson, Jose Aldo won the title vs. Mike Brown and notched his first defense in a classic vs. Urijah Faber. Aldo would pioneer leg kicks in MMA and use them as a weapon to defeat opponents, helping him remain undefeated for over 10 years.

Jose Aldo uses destructive leg kicks vs. Frankie Edgar. Credits to: Esther Lin-MMA Fighting, Zuffa LLC
Jose Aldo uses destructive leg kicks vs. Frankie Edgar. Credits to: Esther Lin-MMA Fighting, Zuffa LLC

In those 10 years he won 11 title fights and set the record for most titles defenses at 145 with 7 in the UFC, and 9 including his WEC accomplishments. During this time he accrued wins over fighters such as Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes x2, and The Korean Zombie.

Aldo would lose his title to Conor McGregor and see mixed results inside the octagon for his next few fights before building a 3-fight winning streak after moving down the Bantamweight division.

He faced off against Merab Dvalishvilli in a title-eliminator bout at UFC 278. Although it was close, Aldo lost the fight by unanimous decision and reportedly chose to retire that night inside the octagon.

Aldo will never be forgotten as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time and fans look forward to his eventual Hall of Fame induction.

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