After UFC Featherweight champion Max Holloway successfully defended his title versus Jose Aldo in a rematch at UFC 218 this past weekend the two fighters embraced for a heartfelt moment. Check it out.
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José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu]; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, became the first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger. He is a former two-time UFC Featherweight Champion. He was named Sherdog’s 2009 Fighter of the Year. He is currently #12 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings, having been ranked as high as #1 in 2015, and ranked the #2 featherweight in the world and #7 pound-for-pound by Sherdog. In the decade from November 2005 through December 2015, Aldo was undefeated in 18 fights. In Sherdog’s April 2017 Pound-For-Pound ranking, Aldo was called “the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history.” Current Featherweight champion Max Holloway (who has fought and defeated Aldo twice) has called Jose Aldo the “greatest” featherweight of all time and that he deserves to have statues built in honor of him in his home of Brazil.
José Aldo was born on September 9, 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. As an infant, Aldo was accidentally dropped onto a barbecue by his older sister, leaving a permanent scar on the left side of his face. Throughout his infant years, he was keen on football and wanted to become a professional. His aspirations were supported by his father. But Aldo grew tired of getting beaten up in fights on the street, thus starting to train capoeira to learn ways to defend himself better in brawls. Aldo used to train capoeira on the streets after the classes, once gaining attention of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer. He invited Aldo to try one session of jiu-jitsu and after the session, Aldo decided to leave capoeira to start training jiu-jitsu. At the age of 17, Aldo moved from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro having only his clothes with him and determination to train mixed martial arts there until he achieved something in the sport. He is a teammate and training partner of former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão at Nova União.
Aldo faced interim featherweight champion Max Holloway in a title unification bout on June 3, 2017, in the main event at UFC 212. After winning the first two rounds on all three judges scorecards, he lost the fight by TKO in the third round. Despite the loss, the fight earned Aldo his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award. This was Aldo’s 3rd loss in his 29 fight career. Aldo was scheduled to face Ricardo Lamas on December 16, 2017, at UFC on Fox: Lawler vs. dos Anjos. However, Aldo was pulled from the bout in favour of a rematch with Holloway two weeks earlier at UFC 218, replacing an injured Frankie Edgar. Similar to the first fight, Aldo found early success in the opening rounds before slowing down and losing the fight via TKO once again in the third round.