Jose Aldo
Junior

Brazil

Easily handles Pedro Munhoz
BantamweightUFC
August 7, 2021
Aldo defeated Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Man, who would have guessed that Aldo, who had difficulty making the 146-pound featherweight limit at times, would look so fresh at bantamweight. As he been the case for nearly his entire storied career, Aldo went about picking Munhoz apart in what was essentially a 15-minute kickboxing match. His effectiveness increased as the bout progressed, and Munhoz began to fade. Aldo turns 35 years of age this coming September, but his hand speed and Octagon awareness remain elite. Few people understood Aldo's decision to drop down a weight class this late in his career, but he is proving all the doubters wrong. This was an excellent effort.
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August fight in the works
BantamweightUFC
May 20, 2021
Aldo is expected to take on Pedro Munhoz in a bantamweight bout at the UFC event on August 7, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Aldo is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Marlon Vera back in December. That victory was huge, as it snapped a three-fight losing streak and may have saved his job. A win against Munhoz in August would mean 30 career professional wins for the 34-year-old.
Earns much-needed win in Vegas
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Vera fight booked for December
BantamweightUFC
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.
ANALYSIS
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
BantamweightUFC
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 Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
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
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.