Jose Aldo believes he’s the best Brazilian fighter the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) has ever seen.
Jose Aldo Dubs Himself Best Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist
Sharing that club with the likes of Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, and so many more – Aldo said he believes he’s the best of the bunch.
“That´s easy, myself,” Aldo said (via Sherdog). “I won the title twice, dropped my weight, and I could very well get an opportunity to fight for the title again. I respect everyone’s history, but I’m the best.
“I took on a new challenge, I lowered my [weight class], I lined up everyone, I did it for the title, I lost, I recovered again and I was doing well until I stumbled again. I’m the [best Brazilian] in history.”
In regards to the greatest mixed martial artist of all time period, Aldo had a different answer. And it wasn’t a Brazilian either. Instead he named the Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
“Of achievements like that, [there is] Demetrious Johnson, who is a [lighter] weight that nobody talks about because he is tiny. But Georges was also a big name,” Aldo said.
“But for me, [it’s] Fedor. For me, he’s one of the icons. When the guy stayed 10 years [undefeate]), I said: ‘Damn, I want to beat this guy’s record.’”
Aldo has certainly accomplished a lot in his own right. He was the first UFC featherweight champion in history and reigned as such until 2015.
Prior to that, Aldo hadn’t lost in 10 years, reigning in the UFC as 145-pound king for four of those years. That was until Conor McGregor knocked Aldo out for the first time at UFC 194 in December of 2015.
Now, Aldo is in the bantamweight division chasing what would be a second title at a different weight class.