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Jose Aldo's 11 greatest UFC/WEC fights, ranked

In the MMA world, terms like “pound-for-pound” and “legendary” are often misused when describing a fighter’s skills or achievements. But in the case of Jose Aldo, there’s no better description than that to describe a true pound-for-pound legend.

Aldo, who recently asked to be released from his UFC contract citing retirement, held 18 consecutive bouts from 2005 to 2015, defending his title in the WEC and UFC nine times in a row Lightweight champion, with one of the most impressive undefeated streaks the sport has ever had. In addition to the Brazilian’s impressive title run, Aldo has helped elevate the entire MMA game with a ferocious technical edge and a dedication to defense that few can match.

Below, I wish I’d better highlight some of the technical advancements that Aldo brought as I revisit and rank his biggest wins in the WEC and UFC.

11 Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez at WEC 38 – January 25, 2009

Although Rolando Perez was beaten from the start, the American was in the middle of his attempt to fight Aldo Made a good explanation early on when jabs and counterattacks

Unfortunately for Perez, Aldo, despite being only 23 years old, has shown the ability to read and counterattack. Ability (which eventually became a staple of the Brazilian’s game).

Aldo’s knees have also been more active during this period of his career, as the knees – both body and head – will be the key to his success after his WEC 38 appearance. The next three stoppage-time victories contributed.

10 Jose Aldo def. Pedro Munhoz at UFC 265 – August 7, 2021

2021 Aug 7, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Jose Aldo (red glove) fights Pedro Munhoz (blue glove) at Toyota Center during UFC 265. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina – USA TODAY SPORTS

With over a hundred UFC pay-to-view since his promotional debut at UFC 129, Aldo still finds himself with the hungry Contenders like Pedro Munhoz in their associated Main Event matchup.

Aldo has dropped to bantamweight at this stage of his career, a move that was highly questioned by many when he initially weighed 135 pounds. However, despite all the challenges and inconsistent moments he faced in his first three bantamweight bouts, Aldo was able to take on Munhoz in a leg-check and lead-hand master class.

In fact, if you really want to understand my displeasure with misleading stats in the sport, then I recommend that you record all the time Aldo checks or escapes kicks with UFCstats.com Compare the number of legs into Munhoz (as they raved about 37 of Munhoz’s 42 attempts).

Aldo was still able to wash out Munhoz’s territory by setting his own personal best in the important strike division, with a career-high 114 strike accuracy of 51 percent.

9 Jose Aldo def. Cub Swanson at WEC 41 – June 7th, 2009

While this is a matchup I would very much like to have comeback multiple times in their careers, if I am left out, I’d be remiss Aldo beat Cub Swanson by 8 seconds.

As the Southern California OG, Swanson was perfect for testing the fast-rising Aldo when they first met in June 2009. Unfortunately for Swanson, the then-25-year-old fell to his knee just 8 seconds into the game, breaking his eye socket and ending his night.

It might be quick, but it’s not just enough for Aldo to win the WEC gold.

8 Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 – July 9, 2016

Jose · Aldo and Frankie Edgar at UFC 200.

Even though this rematch takes place at an odd time in the division and their respective careers, I think Aldo’s second fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 is worth the effort. Some love on the list.

MMA may be an offensive sport in nature, but great defense is often a key element of a masterclass, as Aldo’s defensive swagger is absolutely undeniable.

Whether he pushes his head down to limp out of a single or splits his grips during a hip replacement, Aldo’s down defense is something all young mixed martial artists should learn.

7 Jose Aldo def. Uriah Faber at WEC 48 – April 24, 2010

While you could easily assume this match is higher on the roster, Aldo’s unforgettable performance against Uriah Faber The win puts it firmly in 7th place with me.

It is worth noting that this was a huge event at the time.

WEC 48 will be the only pay-per-view event. A history of promotions that includes calls to action from celebrities like Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg.

Rogan was a little too critical of Aldo for not finishing Faber in the final round (this would be a topic Rogan’s commentary on Aldo’s early UFC career), but the Brazilian got a MMA master The art of kicking is one that we will not soon forget.

6 Jose Aldo def. Mike Brown at WEC 44 – November 18, 2009

Mike Brown’s brief WEC Championship reign never got the love it deserved, which is probably why I’m on the roster for this fight so high.

But aside from my love for Brown, it’s really a full-on Aldo show that hasn’t gotten enough attention.

Not only do we get a good glimpse of Aldo’s defense and stunning offense, but the Brazilian breaks Brown up with his quiet bodywork theme to polish the man on the floor with consummate jiu-jitsu Former Featherweight Champion.

5 Jose Aldo definition. Jeremy Stephens UFC at FOX 31 – July 28, 2018

Andre Pederneiras and Jose Aldo

Although it was the first non-title fight in Aldo’s UFC career, his win over Jeremy Stephens was given the circumstances have great influence.

After two overwhelming stoppages against Max Holloway, it is unclear whether Aldo will be able to return to form at this stage of the game.

Stephens may be a .500 UFC fighter on paper, but the junkyard dog of the promotion is seemingly learning how to use his own chain at this point in his career, steadily bringing people Impressive three-game winning streak strung together.

Aldo appeared to be stabbed by Stephens early in the fight to encourage the Americans to work harder to walk into the former champion’s counter.

After gaining some respect, Aldo fired a combo that ended Stephens’ body with a left uppercut. Aldo’s emotions afterward showed how much pressure and self-doubt he was under during the game, and that’s what resonated with me so much.

4 Jose Aldo def. Frankie Edgar at UFC 156 – February 2, 2013

Ho Cy Aldo and Frankie Edgar before UFC 156.

In one of my favorite jab performances from Aldo, it’s hard for me to compare him to Edgar ‘s first fight was excluded from the list.

Edgar was so excited to make his long-awaited debut at 145 pounds before UFC 156, which made this an instant classic.

Aldo has always had solid fakes and footwork, but his emphasis on jabs – especially on defense – allows featherweight greats to safely control speed And limit Edgar’s goals. If you’re looking for a solid example of a jab in MMA, this fight is definitely worth revisiting.

3 Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes at UFC 142 – January 14, 2012

Jose Aldo and Chad Mendez before UFC 142.

Aldo will headline undefeated American wrestler Chad Mendes during Zuffa’s return to the Brazilian market after UFC 134.

Mendes, a Team Alpha Male product, led the way in the rankings at 145 pounds and is considered Aldo’s most rigorous style test at this stage of his career.

However, shortly after the fight started, it became clear that Mendes needed to get things into the realm of fighting. Mendes pinned the then-champion to the fence, Mendes worked diligently to knock down, while Aldo desperately tried to defend (with a cage snatch to escape at one point).

But after some warnings from the referee, Aldo was able to split Mendes’ grip before turning into Mendes to provide a perfectly placed reverse knee. And, of course, who could forget the iconic celebration that followed?

2 Jose Aldo def. Rob Font

Pulled by UFC on ESPN 31 December 4, 2021 LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 4: (RL) Brazil’s Jose Aldo during a UFC fight at UFC APEX on December 4, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada Bantamweight bout against Rob Fonte in the night bout. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Maybe because I really like Roberto Duran’s late-career win over Iran Barkley, but Aldo was opposite Rob Font The post-match performance puts this at the top of my list.

Font, a tall and dangerous bantamweight, was on his way to four straight wins, and Aldo, an aging veteran, was in charge of another five-round bout.

Aldo’s rhythm and stamina have been questioned in previous games, making Font’s staggering volume a real threat. However, despite being technically beaten 149 to 86, according to the stats, Aldo was clearly getting more impactful strikes in each round (proving how stupid the strike stats are in the grand scheme of things). ).

Similar to the aforementioned Duran, Aldo’s experience and combat IQ help him pull out powerful shots and counter Fant’s lead throughout the fight. As Ocelot MMA perfectly points out below, this is one of the best post-gold wins in MMA.

1 Jose Aldo def. Chad Mendes at UFC 179 – October 25, 2014

October 25, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Jose Aldo (red glove) vs. Chad Mendes (blue glove) at Genacio Maracancinho during UFC 179. Mandatory Credit: Jason Silva – USA TODAY Sports

In the best lightweight fight ever, Aldo’s rematch with Mendes at UFC 179 should be the one it finds itself the top of any list you are in.

Whether you’re a regular fighting fan or a hipster analyst of the highest order, you can’t rewatch this five-round fight without being impressed. Not only do you get 25 minutes of frantic rhythm action, but Aldo-Mendes 2 is also loaded with tons of technical tweaks and advanced tactics that are worth investigating whether you’re a fighter or a fan.

Similar to the Duran-Barkley example in the previous pick, Aldo was also forced to adapt to a left uppercut that seemed to have his name on it early and often. But as color commentator Brian Stein said in his round call, “You want to make the champ work; that’s how he works.”

Honorable Mention (not from UFC or WEC)

Jose Aldo. Aritano Barbosa (12 May 2005) and Jose Aldo def. Anderson Silverio (July 9, 2005) For those who love to play football.

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