Jose Aldo
Junior

Brazil

Battles before falling to Petr Yan
BantamweightUFC
July 11, 2020
Aldo came up short in his quest for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Petr Yan via TKO (punches) at 3:24 of Round 5 at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
It got very, very ugly for Aldo in the final minutes of the fight due to the incompetence of referee Leon Roberts, but he fought about as well as anyone could have reasonably expected. A good portion of the first four rounds were a back-and-forth affair. Aldo appeared to be in massive trouble at the end of Round 1 but managed to regain his composure at the start of Round 2. Offensively, Aldo leaned on many of the things that made him a former pound-for-pound king. He smashed Yan with countless leg kicks and followed up with vicious shots to the body. He appeared to be firmly in this fight until the midway portion of Round 4, at which point his gas tank suddenly appeared to empty. He was lucky to survive that frame and was clearly finished in the early portion of Round 5, with this fight only lasting as long as it did due to careless referring from Roberts. A former standout at featherweight, Aldo fought for the UFC Bantamweight Championship on Saturday despite not having a single career victory at 135 pounds. Aldo signed a new eight-fight contract in May of 2019. He should still have five fights left on his deal. The UFC is going to have to be careful regarding who they match him up against going forward given the fact Aldo is just 3-6 over the course of his past nine bouts.
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Heading to Fight Island
BantamweightUFC
June 9, 2020
Aldo will take on Petr Yan for the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 251 on July 11 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Following the abrupt retirement of Henry Cejudo, the bantamweight title is now vacant, but it won't be after Aldo and Yan square off this summer. Aldo is getting here purely on name recognition and his status as a future hall-of-famer, as he is just 2-4 in his last six bouts, most recently dropping a split decision in his bantamweight debut to Marlon Moraes in December. He was able to make the weight without issue and many scored the fight in his favor -- two factors that also help Aldo's placement here. Despite his extensive experience against elite opponents, oddsmakers currently have Aldo as roughly a (+205) underdog for the matchup at the time of the fight's announcement. Yan, 27, has taken the UFC by storm, going 6-0 with the company and most recently knocking out Urijah Faber with a head kick last December.
New title fight in works
BantamweightUFC
May 28, 2020
Aldo is currently in line to face Petr Yan for the vacant bantamweight title, UFC President Dana White stated via Sportscenter on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Aldo was scheduled to face Henry Cejudo for a shot at the title before the global pandemic hit, moving the card from Brazil to Florida. Cejudo ended up facing Dominick Cruz instead via second-round TKO, which preceded a shocking retirement announcement. It seems that if Cejudo doesn't get a new deal, he'll stick to his word, leaving the UFC to strip him of that belt. The company will waste no time in getting the division moving, though it will have to scrap a proposed June 13 matchup between Petr Yan and Marlon Moraes to do so. Aldo's last fight was actually a loss to Moraes, though it was a split decision that could have easily gone the other way. While Moraes may seem more deserving of this bout on paper, Aldo carries much higher name recognition. A time and place have yet to be set for this matchup, though considering both are internationally-based fighters, a trip to Fight Island (or UFCSea) in July could be on the table.
Off UFC 250
BantamweightUFC
April 9, 2020
Aldo will no longer face Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight championship at UFC 250 on May 9, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldo was originally going to get a title shot in his home country of Brazil, but the location of UFC 250 has since changed due to all the travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It turns out Aldo has an expired work visa, and renewal isn't an option at the moment with the American Embassy stopping this service. While UFC 250 will still go on at an unspecified location in the U.S. (or perhaps even a private island), it will be Dominick Cruz stepping in for Aldo to scoop up the title opportunity.
Title shot against Cejudo confirmed
BantamweightUFC
February 24, 2020
Aldo will face Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight title at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight was rumored to be on the table early in the month, pending additional negotiations. With those negotiations evidently now complete, Aldo will get his title shot. He can perhaps count himself lucky to be receiving one, as he's lost two straight matches and four of his last six.
Could face Cejudo in Brazil
BantamweightUFC
February 3, 2020
Aldo is in line to face Henry Cejudo at UFC 250 on May 9 in Brazil pending additional negotiations, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldo has lost back-to-back fights and four of his last six overall, but given his last defeat was an incredibly close one against Marlon Moraes, the UFC appears willing to overlook the recent trend and offer him a title shot nonetheless. Aldo only lost the significant striking battle by one in that matchup, and the opportunity to fight in his native Brazil once again might be too good to pass up, especially with a belt on the line. In addition to the home crowd, Aldo would sport three-inch height and six-inch reach advantages -- provided he could make it to the bantamweight title limit of 135 pounds, which won't be an easy feat for the former featherweight. He'd be going up against a former olympic medalist in Cejudo in this theoretical matchup, though between the size advantage and a career 91 percent takedown defense, he'll stand a solid chance against Cejudo's offensive wrestling.