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Former UFC champion Jose Aldo retires from MMA

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Former UFC featherweight champion, and future Hall of Famer, Jose Aldo has just retired from MMA. Photo: USA Today Sports

Former UFC featherweight champion Jose “The King of Rio” Aldo has decided to end his legendary career. Aldo recently informed the UFC of his plans to retire, according to MMA Junkie.

The Brazilian is widely considered to be one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, and perhaps the greatest featherweight to ever compete inside the octagon. He retires with a record of 31-8, with 21-7 in the UFC.

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Jose Aldo defended the UFC featherweight title seven times

“The King of Rio” became the first-ever UFC featherweight champion following the merger between UFC and WEC. He successfully defended his belt no less than seven times, against fighters like Chad Mendes, “Korean Zombie” and Frankie Edgar.

After his first MMA loss in 2005, Aldo remained undefeated for more than a decade, winning 18 straight fights until he lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December 2015.

In December 2019, Jose Aldo made his bantamweight debut and fought six fights in the division. That includes a tough fifth-round TKO loss against Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title.

After the tough loss he won three straight fights against top bantamweight contenders Marlon “Chito” Vera, Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font.

However, at UFC 278 a few weeks ago, Aldo lost his last fight against Merab Dvalishvili.

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