Jose Aldo da Silva Oliviera Junior or Jose Aldo in short, is a Brazilian MMA fighter currently signed to
the UFC. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and became the first UFC
Featherweight Champion after the two merged. Twice undisputed champion and once interim, Jose
has been called “the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history” by Sherdog. From 2005 to
2015, for around a decade, Jose Aldo remained undefeated in 18 consecutive fights, thus very much
earning the tag. Aldo happens to be a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and Luta Livre.
Early Life and Career
From childhood, Aldo had been keen on playing football and that is what he wanted to pursue. But
he got into capoeira to defend himself during street brawls, and then later into jiu-jitsu. At the age of
17, he left his hometown Manaus to Rio de Janeiro to train in MMA. He turned professional the
same year, fought newcomer Mario Bigola and won the match by TKO within 16 seconds. He spent
his initial years changing organizations. Travelling to England, he took part in FX3 – Battle of Britain
as well. After defeating Mickey Young in the first match, Jose Aldo experienced his first loss against
Luciano Azavedo via a rear-naked choke submission.
Career at WEC
Jose Aldo debuted at World Extreme Cagefighting and defeated Arco Arena on his first match, Cub
Swanson in second and then went on to win the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike
Brown in 2009. He then defended his title successfully against Manvel Gamburyan in 2010 at WEC
Career at UFC
When WEC merged with UFC, he became the first UFC Featherweight Champion title holder and
defended it against Mark Hominick in 2011 at UFC 129 and then a second tie against Kenny Florian
at UFC 136. After a couple more of successful defends and sustaining a rib injury, he finally lost to
Conor McGregor in 2015 via knockout. This was his first defeat in over ten years and his first ever
loss at featherweight, in which he held a 25-win streak till now.
Jose Aldo is scheduled to fight Renato Moicano on February 2, 2019 at UFC Fight Night 144. He holds
a win-loss record of 27-4 currently.