One of the greatest fighters of all time has retired from professional mixed martial arts.
“The King of Rio” Jose Aldo recently informed the UFC of his plans to stop fighting. Aldo, 36, had one fight on his UFC contract at the time of his retirement.
In recent weeks, retirement was speculated. Aldo mentioned it to opponent Merab Dvalishvili after a unanimous decision loss at UFC 278 in August. The defeat snapped a three-fight winning streak for Aldo.
He steps away from MMA with a 21-7 UFC record and one of the most lengthy accolade lists in promotion history. He is a former two-time featherweight champion, former interim champion, and former WEC champion. His seven UFC featherweight title defenses rank first all-time. He is also a six-time performance bonus winner.
Known for his signature leg kicks and “Run This Town” walkout, as well as his legendary takedown defense and ability to evolve with new waves of talent, Aldo leaves the sport as one of the most elite and respected fighters of his generation.