Jose Aldo is getting his due as one of the greatest fighters of all time.
On Saturday’s UFC 283 broadcast, it was announced that the former featherweight king will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this July during International Fight Week in Las Vegas, with an exact date and location still to be determined.
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The King of Rio’s road to the #UFCHOF
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A date for Aldo’s boxing debut has also been set for Feb. 10 as part of a Shooto Brazil Boxing event that airs on UFC Fight Pass.
Aldo joins the Fighter Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame, which includes greats like Georges St-Pierre, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Ronda Rousey, and B.J. Penn, among others.
In his prime, Aldo was one of the most feared fighters on the planet and unequivocally the best of the best at 145 pounds. He made his North American debut with World Extreme Cagefighting in 2008, going 8-0 for the UFC’s sister promotion and winning a featherweight title before joining the UFC in 2011. He continued his reign of dominance, winning seven consecutive UFC titles in addition to his WEC titles.
Aldo wasn’t just known for his wins, but his immaculate striking style and highlight-reel knockouts, not to mention a feared ground game. He began his fighting career 25-1 before a shocking loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
He would regain the UFC title with a win over rival Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. Aldo lost the featherweight belt to Max Holloway, and saw mixed results at featherweight. He was then reborn as an opponent in bantamweight. Aldo announced his retirement after a defeat to Merab Dvalishvili.
Over the course of his 18-year career, Aldo scored notable wins over Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Chan Sung Jung, Edgar, Marlon Vera, Jeremy Stephens, Kenny Florian, Mike Brown, Cub Swanson, and many others.
He ended his MMA run with a 31-8 pro record.