Jose Aldo retires from MMA, released from UFC contract

Jose Aldo’s legendary profession has come to an finish.

MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed with sources with data of the information that the two-time UFC featherweight champion and present bantamweight contender has retired from MMA competitors, placing a bow on an 18-year profession that noticed him earn a fame as one of many biggest fighters in fight sports activities historical past. Combate was the primary to report the information.

Aldo (31-8) is extensively considered the best featherweight fighter of all time in addition to probably the greatest pound-for-pound fighters to ever step into the cage. He gained 25 of his first 26 professional bouts, with quite a few highlight-reel knockouts and dominant choices amongst these victories.

MMA Fighting additionally confirmed that Aldo’s crew negotiated a launch from his UFC contract with one bout remaining, that means that he’s free to pursue an oft-discussed transfer to boxing or different fight sports activities alternatives.

The information comes lower than a month after Aldo’s most up-to-date struggle, a unanimous resolution loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 that snapped a three-fight win streak. He retires because the No. 6 bantamweight in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings.

Debuting as knowledgeable in August 2004, Aldo went 10-1 to start his profession earlier than signing with the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion in 2008. Aldo’s successful methods continued as he defeated his subsequent 5 opponents by knockout earlier than difficult Mike Brown for a featherweight title at WEC 44. Aldo scored a second-round TKO of Brown to assert his first championship on the age of 23.

Aldo efficiently defended that title twice earlier than making the transfer to the UFC as a part of an organization merger in 2010, the place he was instantly promoted to the standing of inaugural UFC featherweight champion. He efficiently defended that title seven consecutive instances (nonetheless a UFC file) earlier than dropping it to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 and later gained an interim title (that was ultimately promoted to undisputed standing in McGregor’s absence) at UFC 200.

In 2019, Aldo dropped right down to the bantamweight division, the place he quickly discovered himself in a vacant title bout after dropping a hotly contested cut up resolution to Marlon Moraes. He misplaced to Petr Yan by fifth-round TKO at UFC 251, however rebounded from that championship loss with consecutive wins over top-ranked fighters Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz, and Rob Font.

Aldo additionally holds notable wins over among the finest ever to compete at 145 kilos, together with Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Ricardo Lamas, Kenny Florian, and Chad Mendes.

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