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Jose Aldo retires from MMA after an 18-year long career

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One of the finest of his time, Jose Alda has hung up his boots and bas been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Aldo is considered to be one of combat sports’ most iconic names of all time, who thrived extensively during his 18-year long career. He was a two-time MMA featherweight champion and was in the running for the bantamweight championship.

One of the finest of his time, Jose Alda has hung up his boots and bas been released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Aldo is considered to be one of combat sports’ most iconic names of all time, who thrived extensively during his 18-year long career. He was a two-time MMA featherweight champion and was in the running for the bantamweight championship.

As reported first by “Combate”, he will retire with immediate effect. He was released from his contract after 39 pro bouts, out of which he won 31, including winning 25 out of his first 26. However, he will be heading out with one bout still pending according to the contract and his team have negotiated the deal in such a way that he can pursue other options in combat sports.

His last professional fight was against Merab Dvalishvili, which didn’t go out his way. He lost by a unanimous decision at UFA 278, which brought an end to a three-match winning streak. At the time of his release from the UFA, he stood sixth in the bantamweight in MMA’s Global Fighting Rankings.

Aldo made his professional debut in 2004 and was an instant success in the business. By the time he had signed with the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion, he already had a stupendous 10-1 record. He continued his winning ways for a good period of time later on, taking his first championship at the age of 23.

He successfully defended his title in the following year before making a move to UFC after a merger in 2010, where he turned out to be a beastly presence from the get-go. He defended the title a record-breaking seven times before Connor McGregor got the better of him at UFC 194.

The Brazilian became a global figure in a very short span of time, and his rags to riches story made him connect with the fans instantly. He also supports Chelsea in the English Premier League alongside Flamengo in Brazil, being an avid football follower.

Incidentally, he announced his retirement on the same day as his son Jose Aldo III was born. There are some rumours suggesting that he could pursue a career in boxing.