Jose Aldo’s debut in professional boxing is scheduled for February 10 Brazil


Jose Aldo is expected to enter the squared circle to make his professional boxing debut in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 10, multiple people with knowledge of the situation told MMA Fighting.

It is still unknown who Aldo will be facing, and how many rounds, but it’s being planned to make this a professional fight.

The 36-year-old veteran has been training boxing actively since before he hung up his MMA gloves, working with boxing coaches at the Brazilian Navy in Rio de Janeiro. Aldo exited MMA with a record of 31 victories and eight defeats, 17 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

The boxing event will be held at Upper Arena, Nova Uniao’s training center and usual site for Shooto Brazil cards in the city.

The former UFC and WEC featherweight champion retired from MMA after having his three-fight winning streak snapped by Merab Dvalishvili in 2022.

Aldo was still under contract to the UFC but he claimed that Dana White, company president, promised that he would allow him to participate in other sports.

Aldo told MMA Fighting podcast Trocacao Franca in October that competing in boxing was “a possibility” as his next move.

” It was always a dream that I had, and I have never hidden it from anyone,” he stated at the time. It was always my dream. Let’s look at it. Everyone says that although I am still young, I do have some [left].”


Fellow Nova Uniao fighters Johnny Eduardo, Hernani Perpetuo, and Valmir Lazaro, who have all competed before in the UFC, are also expected to box on the card, MMA Fighting has learned.