Jose Aldo


Earns much-needed win in Vegas
December 19, 2020
Aldo defeated Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a vintage performance from Aldo in many respects. His counter striking was on point, as was his ability to rip Vera to the body. The two men were tied at 19 after the first two rounds despite Aldo getting the better of the action. In Round 3, recognizing it was a close fight, Aldo scored an immediate takedown and spent the entire round controlling Vera in the mat. It wasn't pretty to watch, but Aldo's fight IQ has always been one of his greatest attributes, and it was on full display Saturday. The victory snaps a three-fight losing streak for Aldo, and with the UFC in cut-down mode, may have very well saved his job. Aldo asked for T.J. Dillashaw in his post-fight interview. It's not the worst idea in the world. Dillashaw -- who hasn't fought since January 2019 -- is currently serving a USADA suspension and will be eligible to fight next month.
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Vera fight booked for December
November 19, 2020
Aldo will fight Marlon Vera on Dec. 19 at UFC Fight Night 185 in Las Vegas, Danny Segura of MMA Junkie reports.
The pair had originally reached a verbal agreement to fight on Nov. 21 at UFC 255, but a formal agreement was never reached. They will now face off roughly a month later instead. Aldo will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak when he takes on Vera.
Set to face Marlon Vera
October 20, 2020
Aldo and Marlon Vera have verbally agreed to face off in Las Vegas at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Marcelo Russio of reports.
The former featherweight champion has been in a poor run of form for several years now ever since getting knocked out by Conor McGregor 13 seconds into a title fight back in 2015. That started a run of nine fights in which he's won just three, and things have only gotten worse over time, as he's now lost three straight bouts. His most recent two were in the bantamweight division, where he has yet to pick up a win (though the loss to Marlon Moraes was a highly-questionable decision). In Vera, he'll face a bantamweight opponent who has won six of his last seven fights.
Battles before falling to Petr Yan
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.
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.
Heading to Fight Island
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.
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
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.
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.