Now that Brian Ortega solidified his spot as the number 1 contender to Max Holloway’s Featherweight title, former UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has his eyes set on the next guy in line, Jeremy Stephens. Stephens is fresh off a devastating knockout victory over Josh Emmet a few weeks back. According to Aldo who told Brazilian TV show Revista Combate that the UFC originally came to him with the fight but in April. Aldo will not be ready in time but instead would like to face Stephens at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro. Check it out.
“I asked to fight him, he asked to fight me, so it will be a great fight, I’m waiting for them to set it up.”
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu]; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, became the first UFC Featherweight Champion during the UFC/WEC merger. He is a former two-time UFC Featherweight Champion. He was named Sherdog’s 2009 Fighter of the Year. He is currently #12 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings, having been ranked as high as #1 in 2015, and ranked the #2 featherweight in the world and #7 pound-for-pound by Sherdog. In the decade from November 2005 through December 2015, Aldo was undefeated in 18 fights. In Sherdog’s April 2017 Pound-For-Pound ranking, Aldo was called “the greatest featherweight in mixed martial arts history.
José Aldo was born on September 9, 1986, in Manaus, Brazil. As an infant, Aldo was accidentally dropped onto a barbecue by his older sister, leaving a permanent scar on the left side of his face. Throughout his infant years, he was keen on football and wanted to become a professional. His aspirations were supported by his father. But Aldo grew tired of getting beaten up in fights on the street, thus starting to train capoeira to learn ways to defend himself better in brawls. Aldo used to train capoeira on the streets after the classes, once gaining attention of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu trainer. He invited Aldo to try one session of jiu-jitsu and after the session, Aldo decided to leave capoeira to start training jiu-jitsu. At the age of 17, Aldo moved from Manaus to Rio de Janeiro having only his clothes with him and determination to train mixed martial arts there until he achieved something in the sport. He is a teammate and training partner of former UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barão at Nova União.