UFC Hall of Fame inductee Jose Aldo has a date and opponent set for his highly anticipated professional boxing debut.
After more than 10 years of dominance inside the Octagon, ‘Junior’ will test his skills in the squared circle on February 10. Emanating from Upper Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo will make his debut against 33-year-old Argentinian Emmanuel Zambrano. The bout was first reported by Combate. The contest is expected to be competed in the 63.5kg (140 pounds) category.
Jose Aldo’s Boxing Debut to Air on UFC Fight Pass
Widely regarded as the greatest featherweight of all time, Jose Aldo is a two-time UFC champion with notable wins over Uriah Faber, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, The Korean Zombie, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera, and Rob Font. His last appearance inside the Octagon came against Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278. Aldo found himself on the losing end of a unanimous decision, snapping a three-fight win streak. Shortly after, ‘Junior’ asked for his outright release from the promotion which was granted. At UFC 283, Jose Aldo was revealed to be the first UFC Hall of Fame inductee of 2023.
Aldo’s opponent, Emmanuel Zambrano, is a professional boxer with a record of 0-2. Zambrano suffered a decision loss to Joel Nazareno Vinale in his 2019 debut and followed that up with a second-round knockout loss against Alexis Torres in November 2020. His scrap with Aldo will be Zambrano’s first fight in more than two years.
As reported by Combate, Aldo’s boxing debut will air on the UFC Fight Pass streaming service.