Jose Aldo’s influence on the world of MMA will be felt for centuries.
Following the news that Aldo retired from MMA competition after a legendary 18-year fighting career, the MMA community took to social media to pay tribute to the Brazilian legend. The 36-year-old Aldo is widely regarded as the best featherweight of all time, a great boxer in the weight class and a pioneer in the lightweight division.
He retires with a record of 31-8, which includes a 13-7 UFC record and two reigns as the promotion’s featherweight champion. During his first reign at 145 lbs, Aldo successfully defended his title seven times in a row, which is still a UFC record. Before becoming the first UFC Featherweight Champion, Aldo was the WEC Featherweight Champion where he defended the title twice.
Aldo has won victories over current bantamweight contenders Rob Font, Pedro Munhoz and Marlon Vera, as well as fellow featherweight greats Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, Ricardo Lamas and Mike Brown.
Watch the reactions to Aldo’s departure below.
Desire nothing but the best featherweight goat @josealdojunior
â Alex Volkanovski (@alexvolkanovski) September 18, 2022
King of Rio! What a career brother! Go enjoy your retirement, brother. Eat me some acai with cashews and powdered milk @josealdojunior
â Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) September 18, 2022
I always wonder what could have been. I spent a whole camp preparing for the fight with Jose Aldo in Brazil, but COVID changed everything. I was looking forward to the challenge and the crazy atmosphere.
â Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) September 18, 2022
â GILBERT BURNES DURINO (@GilbertDurinho) September 18, 2022
â Arnold Billy Allen (@Arnoldbfa) September 18, 2022
If a @josealdojunior wants the last fight on his contract and wants to retire in Rio he has done more than enough for this company to deserve the opportunity
â CrisCyborg.com Boxing, September 25 (@criscyborg) September 18, 2022
â Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) September 18, 2022
If it is true that he retired.@josealdojunior you are one of my favorite fighters and an absolute legend. Enjoy your retirement, thanks for all the memorable moments
â Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) September 18, 2022
Happy retirement Jose Aldo one of my favorite fighters growing up
â Terrence “T Wrecks” McKinney (@twrecks155) September 18, 2022
â Billy Quarantillo (@BillyQMMA) September 18, 2022
I’m so glad I got to see one of his fights and strikes live. One of the goats of MMA. What a career. https://t.co/1kiQVdduEw
â Lauren Murphy (@LaurenMurphyMMA) September 18, 2022
One of the best ever to do this. Put the featherweight division on the map https://t.co/VDOak2nX9s
â Mads Burnell (@Burnellmma) September 18, 2022
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â LERONE MURPHY (@LeroneMurphy) September 18, 2022
23 year old Jose Aldo. A deadly combination of speed and skill far ahead of its time. GOAT featherweight and one of the greatest fighters MMA has ever seen. NINE title defenses, not seven. Note this in his HOF induction. @josealdojunior pic.twitter.com/Jsv9U9w5oj
â Kaposa (@Recorder_Hitman) September 18, 2022
Semi-light goat. One of the greatest fighters of all time. World Champion 2215 consecutive days in his prime. One of the last male survivors of the era of poster curses and Powerman 5000. The word “legend” is not enough to describe JosÃ© Aldo’s career. https://t.co/qBUN8dzW40
â Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) September 18, 2022
Jose Aldo is the favorite fighter of your favorite fighters. He will forever remain the greatest featherweight of all time and should be on your shortlist of the greatest MMA fighters of all time.
WEC never die.
â Jose Youngs (@JoseYoungs) September 18, 2022
â Carlos Mota Tizil (@mota_tizil) September 18, 2022
What a legend
â Damien Brown (@beatdown155) September 18, 2022
â Joe Jo Giannetty (@Giannettimma) September 18, 2022
Jose Aldo is leaving, one of the best in the octagon and one of the most beloved outside of it.
THANK YOU FOR MANY UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS, WARRIOR! pic.twitter.com/ePgQCWaCpI
â Gaston “Tonga” Reynaud (@gastonreyno) September 18, 2022
Aldo was someone I could just watch a movie over and over again and always learn something new. He ruled the featherweight division. Even as he started to fall, he continued to be competitive at the top of the bantamweight division for many years. Thanks @josealdojunior https://t.co/hHyTS9oTAb
â Cody Gibson (@TheRenegade559) September 18, 2022