Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters to ever compete in UFC, is retiring from the world of mixed martial arts.
The 36-year-old and UFC have agreed to terminate his contract with one fight remaining on his deal according to MMA new site Combate. The termination means the man known as ‘Scarface’ can compete in other sports, like boxing.
Aldo’s name has already been removed from the UFC ranking and official website, which confirms his retirement. The decision was made on the advice of his coach Andre Pederneiras, who in an interview prior to the announcement had already hinted at the news.
“I think Aldo has every chance to become bantamweight champion and start a new title run,” Paderneiras told Combate. “Now, is there motivation to keep doing that?
“I would tell him to quit. I think Aldo has already conquered a lot. It won’t be that last fight that will take away the legacy he’s built in the sport. My biggest fear is when an athlete gets to the final stage of his career and an injury can ruin him for the rest of his life.”
The ending comes as somewhat of a surprise to many, as the Brazilian had competed in MMA for more than 18 years. His first pro fight was in 2004 and four years later he was drafted into the WEC, where he quickly became the featherweight champion.
When the WEC joins the UFA, Aldo remained the 145-pound champion, defending his belt in both organisations nine times.
He lost the featherweight title to Conor McGregor in 2015, but managed to regain it by defeating Frankie Edgar for the interim belt. He managed to upgrade that to the undisputed title, before losing it to Max Holloway in 2017.
The news comes less than a month after Aldo’s most recent fight, a unanimous decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 that snapped a three-fight winning streak. He retires as the No. 6-ranked bantamweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings.