Jose Aldo is one of the most fearsome strikers in Featherweight division. He is a former nine-time UFC Featherweight champion and a former three-time WEC Featherweight Champion.
Jose Aldo is the owner of the longest Featherweight MMA winning streak, with a score of 18. He was undefeated since May 20, 2006, until December 12, 2015 (9 years, 6 months, and 22 days). The Scarface holds records for the most consecutive, and the most successful title defenses in UFC Featherweight history.
Jose Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior
28 Wins // 6 Losses // 0 Draws
Jose Aldo is currently 33 years old according to his date of birth September 9, 1986.
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
145 lbs (66 kg)
70 inches ( 178 cm)
Muay Thai, BJJ
Team: Nova Uniao
Jose Aldo is known for killer leg kicks and a very dangerous left knee to the head. His trademarks are a world-class takedown and wrestling defense too. The Scarface tries to keep the fight standing and remain dominant with his low kicks, lightning fast punches, and devastating knees.
Jose Aldo fights similar to a Dutch legendary kickboxer Andy Souwer. He has excellent footwork and head movement. He is a black belt in BJJ and a black belt in Luta Livre. He is also one of the most emotional fighters ever.
The Road To The Top
Jose Aldo was extremely convincing in the smaller promotions, where he had the score of 18-1 before he was promoted to UFC Featherweight Champion. Aldo had his MMA debut against Mario Bigola on August 10, 2004, in Macapa, Brazil, and he won via head kick.
He was winning via various ways – soccer kicks, knees, flying knee, once via submission and four times via decision. The Scarface only had one Lightweight fight, where he was defeated from Luis Azevedo via rear-naked choke.
While he was fighting in WEC, some of his notable victims were Urijah Faber, Cub Swanson, Mike Brown, Rolando Perez… He earned Knockout Of The Night award two times, versus Cub Swanson and Mike Brown. The shortest fight of his career against Cub Swanson lasted only eight seconds – he won via knee KO.
Jose Aldo – WEC Title Fight And Promotion To UFC Featherweight Champion
Jose Aldo faced Armenian superstar Manvel Gamburyan on WEC 51 event on September 30, 2010. Jose prevented the unsuccessful takedown attempt via right uppercut and ended the fight in the second round.
WEC and UFC merged on October 28, 2010, and all the fighters from WEC were moved to the UFC. Aldo was promoted to the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion. He was scheduled to defend his title at UFC 125 against Josh Grispi, but he had to withdraw due to a neck injury.
All Jose Aldo’s following fights, with the exception of UFC 129, UFC 136, UFC 169, and UFC 200, were the main events of the evening. Aldo fought seven times in the main event of the evening! The listed fights were the co-main events.
Jose Aldo – Successful Title Defenses
Jose Aldo had his UFC debut and first title defense was against Mark Hominick in the co-main event of the evening. The two fought at UFC 129, on April 30, 2011, in Toronto, Ontario. After five rounds of a total war, Jose Aldo won the fight via unanimous decision. Both fighters received Fight Of The Night bonus.
Kenny Florian was the opponent at UFC 136. The two should face earlier in the Lightweight bout, but Aldo’s team declined the offer. The Featherweight Title Fight was held on October 8, 2011, in Houston, Texas. The Scarface won via unanimous decision.
Jose Aldo successfully defended the title for the third time against Chad Mendes in UFC 142, on January 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in his first main event of the evening. At the end of the first round, Mendes pressed Aldo against the fence, but Scarface executed a brutal left knee to the head. After a few punches on the ground, the referee stopped the fight.
Frankie Edgar was the challenger at UFC 156, on February 2, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was five rounds of Aldo’s domination. Jose Aldo was constantly defending Edgar’s takedown attempts with an ease and punishing him with tremendous and painful low kicks, and he won via unanimous decision. It was Aldo’s second Fight Of The Night.
The Scarface defeated Chan Sung Jung at UFC 163 via TKO in the fourth round. The two faced on August 3, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Aldo barely escaped flying knee to the head at the end of the third round. Jung dislocated his shoulder after throwing an overhand right, and Aldo used it to control his back and deliver a barrage of punches on the ground to win the fight.
Jose Aldo defended the title for the sixth time versus Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 on February 1, 2014, in Newark, New Jersey. He won via unanimous decision again.
In the rematch against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on October 25, 2014, Jose Aldo had a lot harder job. Mendes sent The Scarface to the ground with a tremendous punch in the first round. Aldo was heavily rocked in the third round too, but he recovered.
Jose Aldo rocked Chad Mendes heavily and sent him to the ground in the first round, and he did the same in the third. Aldo won via unanimous decision with the score of 49-46 according to all three judges. It was Aldo’s third Fight Of The Night bonus. The fight was later pronounced the Fight Of The Year.
Jose Aldo Vs Conor McGregor – UFC 194 Title Loss
This was the shortest title fight ever in the history of UFC. The fighters faced on December 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight lasted only 13 seconds! After the tension and a possible incident at the weigh-in, Aldo stated he didn’t care what Conor McGregor has to say and he would be the champion.
As soon as the fight started, McGregor landed a side kick to Aldo’s left knee. Jose Aldo looked angry and connected a right cross with the left hook, which The Notorious countered with a tremendous left cross. Aldo went down and McGregor landed a reign of hammer fists, which forced the referee to stop the fight. Aldo was crying after the fight in the locker room.
Jose Aldo faced Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for the second time. The fight was held on July 9, 2016, and The Scarface won again via unanimous decision, using the same strategy from their first fight. The Scarface was very emotional after the fight and he had a lot of positive words for his coach.
Conor McGregor didn’t defend his title for a long period of time, so he was stripped and Aldo is promoted to the Featherweight champion on November 26, 2016.
Jose Aldo Vs Max Holloway – Two Losses In A Row
Jose Aldo was defending the title in the main event of UFC 212, on June 3, 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Aldo had a chance to defend the title in his home country for the fourth time and he was very successful in the first two rounds and won on all three judges scorecards.
The Scarface was rocked in the third round after a strong right cross. Max Holloway jumped on the top of him and continued delivering brutal punches. After four minutes of the third round, the referee stopped the fight and Aldo lost via TKO. Despite the title loss, he received his third Fight Of The Night bonus. Jose Aldo cried after this fight too.
The two faced again at UFC 218 on December 2, 2017, in Detroit, Michigan, but this time, Jose Aldo was the challenger. Aldo was a replacement for injured Frankie Edgar, and he looked heavily exhausted at the weigh-in.
The fight was pretty similar to the first one – The Scarface was dominant during the first two rounds, but this time, he tried to utilize more leg kicks. However, Max Holloway landed a big right overhand midway through the third round, and the Scarface was sent to the ground. Holloway was executing a barrage of savage ground and pound strikes. Aldo’s face was covered in blood as he was unable to protect from eating a barrage of punches. At 4:51, Herb Dean stopped the fight – Holloway won again.
Jose Aldo is married to Vivianne Pereira, a former professional Muay Thai competitor and a purple belt in BJJ. They have a daughter.