One of the greatest featherweight fighters of all time has decided to end his MMA career.
Former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo has reportedly declared his retirement from MMA, ending a storied career that lasted nearly two decades in total.
Aldo has been released from the UFC roster following his retirement from the sport. News of his retirement was first reported by Raphael Marinho of Combate.
Aldo debuted in MMA back in 2004. His first appearance in a major promotion came in 2008, when he debuted for WEC with a record of 10 wins and one loss.
Aldo went undefeated in WEC, becoming their featherweight champion along the way. He transitioned to the UFC roster in 2011 when the promotion was bought out and closed.
As part of the merger, Aldo was immediately declared UFC’s first 145-pound champion. His reign in the division remains the most dominant in UFC featherweight history, defending his belt a total of seven times from 2010 to 2014.
Aldo dropped his belt in 2015, suffering a 13-second loss to Conor McGregor. He remained at a high level of the sport in recent years, including four more title fight appearances in his career.
Aldo attained a three-fight winning streak from 2020 to 2021, including a five-round performance against Rob Font.
Also’s last fight was in August, when he lost a decision to Merab Dvalishvili.