Jose Aldo is done with MMA. The 36-year-old boxer received a release from his UFC contract with his trainer Andres Pederneiras, expecting it to mark the end of his storied career.
The UFC appeared to confirm that Aldo is retiring from MMA in a tweet on Sunday afternoon. ESPN and Brazilian outlet The battle were the first to break the news. However, Aldo has yet to make a statement on the matter. he posted a photo about how he and his wife celebrate the birth of a child on social media.
Aldo was removed from the fighter rankings on Sunday, indicating that he is no longer on the active roster.
The “King of Rio” had one of the best runs in all of MMA when he burst onto the scene with the WEC in 2008. He won 15 fights in a row, including the featherweight title, which moved to the UFC when the WEC was taken over by the promotion. This run included victories over Cube Swanson, Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes (twice), Frankie Edgar and “Korean Zombie” Jang Sung Joon.
After a shocking 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor in 2015, Aldo bounced back to win the interim featherweight crown with a second victory over Edgar. This was followed by a couple of defeats by technical knockout from Max Holloway.
Aldo decided to make a surprise move up to bantamweight in 2019, where he struggled at first, but he managed three straight victories over Marlon Vera, Pedro Munoz and Rob Font.
His last fight took place in August, where he lost a decision to Merab Dvalishvili.