|Weight Class||Featherweight (145 lbs.)|
|Height||5' 8" (173 cm)|
|Style||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai|
|Birth Date||September 9, 1986|
|Fighting Out Of||Rio de Janeiro|
|Jose Aldo Pictures||Aldo's Official Site|
Jose Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior is a Brazilian mixed martial artist. He currently fights in the WEC Featherweight division, where he is the Featherweight Champion. In his debut with the organization he defeated well renowned fighter Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver.
Although he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Aldo has been making his name as a striker with six of his WEC fights ending victoriously by knockout or technical knockout. Aldo fights out of the Nova Uniao camp along with notable fighters such as former Shooto Welterweight Champion and Cage Rage Lightweight Champion Vitor "Shaolin" Ribeiro, former IFL Featherweight Champion Wagnney Fabiano, and former UFC Middleweight contender Thales Leites.
Aldo was awarded the 2009 Bazzie for the "Breakthrough Fighter of the Year."
|Record||22 - 1 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Frankie Edgar||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar||2/2/2013||5||5:00||Defended UFC Featherweight Championship; Fight won Fight of the Night|
|Win||Chad Mendes||KO (Knee)||UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes||1/14/2012||1||4:59||Defended UFC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Kenny Florian||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3||10/8/2011||5||5:00||Defended UFC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Mark Hominick||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 129: St. Pierre vs. Shields||4/30/2011||5||5:00||Defended UFC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Manvel Gamburyan||KO (Punches)||WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan||9/30/2010||2||1:32||Defended WEC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Urijah Faber||Decision (Unanimous)||WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber||4/24/2010||5||5:00||Defended WEC Featherweight Championship|
|Win||Mike Brown||TKO (Punches)||WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo||11/18/2009||2||1:20||Won WEC Featherweight Championship; Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||Cub Swanson||TKO (Flying Knee and Punches)||WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2||6/07/2009||1||0:08||Won Knockout of the Night Honors; Fasted KO in WEC History|
|Win||Chris Mickle||TKO (Punches)||WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia||3/01/2009||1||1:39|
|Win||Rolando Perez||KO (Knee and Punches)||WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone||1/25/2009||1||4:15||Won Knockout of the Night|
|Win||Jonathan Brookins||TKO (Punches)||WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown||11/05/2008||3||0:45|
|Win||Alexandre Franca Nogueira||TKO (Punches)||WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver||6/01/2008||2||3:22||WEC debut; Nogueira tested positive for Boldenone after the fight|
|Win||Shoji Maruyama||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals||7/27/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Fabio Mello||Decision (Unanimous)||TFC 3: Top Fighting Championships 3||5/02/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Thiago Meller||Decision (Majority)||GFC 1: Gold Fighters Championship||5/20/2006||3||5:00|
|Loss||Luciano Azevedo||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||JF 5: Jungle Fight 5||11/26/2005||2||3:37|
|Win||Micky Young||TKO (Punches)||FX3: Battle of Britain||10/15/2005||1||1:05|
|Win||Phil Harris||TKO (Cut)||UK-1: Fight Night||9/17/2005||1||N/A|
|Win||Anderson Silverio||Submission (Soccer Kicks)||Meca 12: Meca World Vale Tudo 12||7/09/2005||1||8:33|
|Win||Aritano Barbosa||KO (Soccer Kicks)||RMC 1: Rio MMA Challenge 1||5/12/2005||1||0:20|
|Win||Luiz de Paula||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||Shooto: Brazil 7||3/19/2005||1||1:15|
|Win||Hudson Rocha||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Shooto Brazil: Never Shake||10/23/2004||1||5:00|
|Win||Mario Bigola||KO (Head Kick)||EF 1: EcoFight 1||8/10/2004||1||0:18|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
Aldo began competing in mixed martial arts in 2004, winning his first professional bout via KO in the first round. In his last bout of 2004, he earned a TKO (Doctor Stoppage) over Hudson Rocha.
Returning to action in 2005, Aldo won five-straight in a row, two due to submission (one by Arm Triangle Choke, the other by Soccer Kick) and the other three by (T)KO. Aldo's seven-fight undefeated streak was put to an end in his last bout of 2005 at JF 5: Jungle Fight 5, where he was submitted with a Rear Naked Choke at the hands of Luciano Azevedo.
Jose Aldo’s WEC debut took place at WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver against the former Shooto Lightweight Champion Alexandre Franca Nogueira. Coming in as a major underdog, Aldo defeated Nogueira in the second round at 3:22 by TKO (Punches). His first opponent was supposed to be Cub Swanson, but a broken hand kept him from rolling out the welcome mat.
At WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone, “Junior” took on a very tough Rolando Perez, whom Aldo defeated by a vicious knee and then punches at 4:15 of the first round. The impressive KO awarded Aldo the Knockout of the Night Award. The win against Perez got the attention of many MMA fans, calling for Aldo’s next fight to be against a better known fighter in the Featherweight division, better solidifying his position in the division.
He was then scheduled to fight Cub Swanson at WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber 2 on June 7, 2009. This is the second time the two have been expected to fight one another, and finally it would happen. Aldo got one step closer to a title shot by rocking Swanson with a flying knee, followed by some punches, to finish the fight at 0:08 of the first round. The devastating knee won Aldo the Knockout of the Night Honors, the fasted KO in WEC history, and the #1 Contender spot for the WEC Featherweight title, held by Mike Brown.
At WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo, Aldo became the WEC World Featherweight Champion when he stopped Mike Brown in the second round via strikes. The win not only earned him the Featherweight title, but also earned him Knockout of the Night Honors as well. Who he would face in his first title defense was determined on January 10, 2010, in a bout between Rafael Assuncao and former champion Urijah Faber. Faber ended up winning with a Rear Naked Choke, once again getting the chance to fight for the title.
Aldo went on to defend his title for the first time at WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber against the one-time Featherweight king, Urijah Faber. Aldo worked on Faber's lead leg in the first round, and by the second, a noticeable limp followed. In the third, the mounting damage and continued kicks knocked a wobbly Faber to the mat. With no legs and an inability to defend, the crowd favorite was soon picked apart by Aldo's crisp punches and precise kicks. In fact, so needing to protect his legs, Faber left his body and head open to additional blows from the champ. Despite his opponent's inability to walk in the fourth round, Aldo followed Faber to the mat after scoring another knockdown via leg kick. Aldo dived into guard and soon took his opponent's back, but Faber somehow escaped. After a similar knockdown, Aldo again followed his opponent to the canvas, passed guard into side control, and blasted Faber with punches while he was trapped in the crucifix position. Referee Josh Rosenthal gave the fighter every opportunity to escape the hold and intelligently defend himself, and Faber somehow survived the attack for more than a minute to make it to the final round. After his corner told him to keep the fight standing in the fifth, Aldo continued his vicious striking attack. Yet when Faber was knocked to the mat or failed in takedown attempts, Aldo wisely remained upright. The strategy earned him the round and an eventual unanimous-decision win via scores of 49-45, 49-45 and 50-45.
His next title defense took place at WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan against The Ultimate Fighter 5 runner-up Manvel Gamburyan, whose impressive KO victory over former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown earned him the shot at Aldo's title. Gamburyan struck first with a right hand that knocked his opponent off balance. Aldo quickly reset, circled the center of the cage, easily sidestepped Gamburyan's punches and short reach, and delivered a few low kicks to close an otherwise uneventful first round. In the second round Aldo began popping his opponent with a left-right combo and an counter right when Gamburyan shot in, which was where Aldo saw his opening. He quickly pounced on the challenger, battered him with punches, continued the assault as Gamburyan fell to his knees, and then unloaded a couple dozen unanswered blows from behind. Gamburyan briefly went out cold, which prompted the ref's intervention. The TKO stoppage officially came at the 1:32 mark of the second round.