UFC Fight Night 144: Jose Aldo Wins!
Former Champ bests Top 5 Opponent
UFC Fight Night 144 - Assuncao versus Moraes 2 took place on February 2, 2019 at Derrinturn, Bingo Hall in Fortaleza, Brazil. In the co-main event, former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo faced rising star and #5 ranked UFC featherweight Renato "Moicano" Carneiro. Carneiro was also the former interim Jungle Fight Featherweight champion and came into the fight with a stellar 13-1 record, with a UFC record of 5-1, with his lone loss to #1 featherweight contender Brian Ortega. However, 32 year old Jose Aldo, often referred to as the greatest featherweight in Mixed Martial Arts history, was able to defeat the 29 year old rising star by way of TKO (punches) in :44 seconds of the second round. After a competitive first round, Aldo landed an overhand left and then a body shot to hurt Carneiro in the second round. After, he rushed him with a flurry of punches against the fence, and the referee was forced to jump in and save him from any further damage.
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Jose Aldo was born on September 9, 1986 in the city of Manaus, Brazil. As a child, Jose was passionate about playing football (soccer). He played for many competitive teams throughout his childhood, and decided he needed to learn a martial arts to improve his fighting skills on the soccer field. At the age of 14, he joined Capoeira, but by the age of 16, he had decided to give up his dream of becoming a professional footballer, and to become a professional fighter instead.
Aldo moved to Rio de Janeiro and began training under legendary coach Andre Pederneiras of the Nova Uniao team. When Andre discovered that Jose did not have a place to live, he allowed him to live at the academy and train for free. At the gym, Jose also met his wife, Viviane (“Vivi”), who was training Muay Thai at the academy. While Jose was a successful and talented Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor, he decided to focus his attention on Mixed Martial Arts, where he could earn a better living.
Jiu Jitsu Achievements
- CBJJO 2004 Brown Belt World Cup Champion
- Brazilian National Champion – 2003 Purple Belt
- World Championship – Bronze Medal – 2001 Blue Belt
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Mixed Martial Arts Career
Jose “Junior” Aldo has a mixed martial arts record of 33 total fights, with 29 wins (18 by knockout/tko, 1 submission, and 10 decisions) and 4 losses (3 by knockout, 1 by submission). He was a WEC Featherweight champion, and then became the first UFC Featherweight champion when the WEC merged with the UFC on October 28, 2010. Aldo would go on to become one of the greatest fighters in MMA history, being undefeated from November 2005 to December 2015, winning 18 fights during that time period.
Jose’s fought his first MMA fight at the age of 17 at EcoFight 1 on August 10, 2004. He fought fellow Brazilian and newcomer Mario Bigola, who he knocked out in just 16 seconds in the first round. Aldo would go onto win his next 10 of 11 fights, fighting in promotions such as Shooto-Brazil, Jungle Fight, and Pancrase, before achieving greater recognition upon joining the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization on June 1, 2008.
In his debut match, he defeated highly ranked Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34 by TKO (punches) in the second round. He would win his next four fights in the WEC all by TKO, including an amazing double flying knee at WEC 41 against Cub Swanson, at eight seconds of the first round. He won the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike Brown on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44. In the fight, Aldo was able to get Brown in the back mount, where he landed punches until the fight was stopped at 1:20 of the second round. With these thrilling wins, Jose was awarded the Fighter of the Year for 2009 from both MMA Live and Sherdog.com.
After amassing a 8-0 record in the WEC, the organization merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championships in October 28, 2010. Through this merger, Aldo was awared the first ever UFC featherweight belt. Aldo made his first title defense against Mark Hominick on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129, where he defeated him by unanimous decision and also won the Fight of the Night Bonus.
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In the UFC, Aldo has a record of 10-3 record, with seven successful UFC Featherweight Championship defenses, as well as winning back the interim UFC Featherweight Championship after losing it to Connor McGregor at UFC 194 on December 12, 2015. He is often referred to as the greatest Featherweight MMA fighter in history. He also holds the UFC record for most successful and consecutive title defenses in UFC Featherweight history with 7. He has also won the Fight of the Night four times (versus Mark Hominick, Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, and Max Holloway), as well as the Performance of the Night two times versus Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano,.
Mixed Martial Arts Record
Win Renato Moicano TKO (knee and punches) 2-Feb-19
Win Jeremy Stephens TKO (punches) 28-Jul-18
Loss Max Holloway TKO (punches) 2-Dec-17
Loss Max Holloway TKO (punches) 3-Jun-17
Win Frankie Edgar Decision (unanimous) 9-Jul-16
Loss Conor McGregor KO (punch) 12-Dec-15
Win Chad Mendes Decision (unanimous) 25-Oct-14
Win Ricardo Lamas Decision (unanimous) 1-Feb-14
Win Chan Sung Jung TKO (punches) 3-Aug-13
Win Frankie Edgar Decision (unanimous) 2-Feb-13
Win Chad Mendes KO (knee) 14-Jan-12
Win Kenny Florian Decision (unanimous) 8-Oct-11
Win Mark Hominick Decision (unanimous) 30-Apr-11
Win Manvel Gamburyan KO (punches) 30-Sep-10
Win Urijah Faber Decision (unanimous) 24-Apr-10
Win Mike Brown TKO (punches) 18-Nov-09
Win Cub Swanson TKO (flying knee) 7-Jun-09
Win Chris Mickle TKO (punches) 1-Mar-09
Win Rolando Perez KO (knee and punches) 25-Jan-09
Win Jonathan Brookins TKO (punches) 5-Nov-08
Win Alexandre Nogueira TKO (punches) 1-Jun-08
Win Shoji Maruyama Decision (unanimous) 27-Jul-07
Win Fábio Mello Decision (unanimous) 2-May-07
Win Thiago Meller Decision (majority) 20-May-06
Loss Luciano Azevedo Submission (choke) 26-Nov-05
Win Micky Young TKO (punches) 15-Oct-05
Win Phil Harris TKO (doctor stoppage) 17-Sep-05
Win Anderson Silverio TKO (soccer kicks) 9-Jul-05
Win Aritano Silva Barbosa KO (soccer kicks) 12-May-05
Win Luiz de Paula Submission (arm-triangle) 19-Mar-05
Win Hudson Rocha TKO (doctor stoppage) 23-Oct-04
Win Mario Bigola KO (head kick) 10-Aug-04