José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior (born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter. He currently fights as a featherweight in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion, where he is the current WEC Featherweight Champion. Aldo is currently ranked the #1 featherweight in the world by Sherdog. Although he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he is making his name as a striker with all six of his WEC fights ending victoriously by knockout or technical knockout.
Aldo made his debut for Mixed Martial Arts promoter World Extreme Cagefighting on June 1, 2008 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. In his debut with the organization he defeated renowned fighter Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34. Aldo won his fight on June 7, 2009 at WEC 41 against Cub Swanson via double flying knee 8 seconds into the first round. Aldo won the WEC Featherweight Championship against Mike Brown on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44. Aldo is on a nine fight win streak and has won his last six fights by TKO or KO.
Championships and Awards Edit
- 2009 Fighter of the Year 
- Current Featherweight Champion
- 3-time Knockout of the Night Honors recipient.
José Aldo was not very well off growing up, as WEC general manager Reed Harris states, "They were telling me that Wagnney Fabiano would be at the gym, and José would show up, and Wagnney would say, 'Have you eaten today or yesterday?' If not, they would go get him some food. That's how poor he was."  When asked in an interview by the WEC what his motivation is, Aldo replied "My personal desires. My dream, my goal is to own my own house. This dream motivates me more and more as I get closer to fulfilling it". 
Aldo received a scar on the left side of his face as a baby, when his sisters rolled him into a barbecue pit while his mother was distracted.
Aldo is married. His wife has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and has fought twice professionally in Muay-Thai.
Mixed Martial Arts RecordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|22||16 wins||1 loss|
|Urijah Faber||WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber||April 24, 2010||Sacramento, California, US|
|Win||16-1||Mike Brown||TKO (Punches)||WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo||November 18, 2009||2||1:20||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||15-1||Cub Swanson||TKO (Double Flying Knees)||WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II||June 7, 2009||1||0:08||Sacramento, California, US|
|Win||14-1||Chris Mickle||TKO (Punches)||WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia||March 1, 2009||1||1:39||Corpus Christi, Texas, US|
|Win||13-1||Rolando Perez||TKO (Knee and Punches)||WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone||January 25, 2009||1||4:15||San Diego, California, US||<center>Knockout of the Night<center>|
|Win||12-1||Jonathan Brookins||TKO (Punches)||WEC 36: Faber vs. Brown||November 5, 2008||3||0:45||Hollywood, Florida, US|
|Win||11-1||Alexandre Nogueira||TKO (Punches)||WEC 34: Faber vs. Pulver||June 1, 2008||2||3:22||Sacramento, California, US||<center>WEC debut<center>|
|Win||10-1||Shoji Maruyama||Decision (Unanimous)||Pancrase: 2007 Neo-Blood Tournament Finals||July 27, 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9-1||Fabio Mello||Decision (Unanimous)||TopFC 3||May 2, 2007||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||8-1||Thiago Minu||Decision (Majority)||GoldFC 1||May 20, 2006||3||5:00||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Loss||7-1||Luciano Azevedo||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Jungle Fight 5||November 26, 2005||2||3:37||Manaus, Brazil|
|Win||7-0||Micky Young||TKO (Punches)||FX3: Battle of Britain||October 15, 2005||1||1:05||England|
|Win||6-0||Phil Harris||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||UK-1: Fight Night||September 17, 2005||1||N/A||England|
|Win||5-0||Anderson Silverio||Submission (Soccer Kicks)||Meca Vale Tudo 12||July 9, 2005||1||7:33||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||4-0||Aritano Barbosa||TKO (Soccer Kicks)||Rio MMA Challenge 1||May 12, 2005||1||0:22||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||3-0||Luiz de Paula||Submission (Arm-Triangle Choke)||Shooto Brazil 7||March 19, 2005||1||0:56||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Win||2-0||Hudson Rocha||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Shooto Brazil: Never Shake||October 23, 2004||1||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||1-0||Mario Bigola||KO (Head Kick)||EcoFight 1||August 10, 2004||1||0:18||Amapá, Brazil|
- ↑ Sherdog Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. Sherdog.com (November 24, 2009).
- ↑ Sherdog’s Fighter of the Year. Sherdog (2010-01-15). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
- ↑ WEC 48 makes jump to PPV official for April 24 in Sacramento with 'Aldo vs Faber'. mmamania.com. Retrieved on 2010-02-03.
- ↑ As stress grows for Harris, WEC exec more impressed by White, Fertittas. MMAJunkie (2009-12-09). Archived from the original on 2013-10-14. Retrieved on 2009-12-10.
- ↑ Fighter Detail Jose Aldo "Junior". World Extreme Cagefighting (2009). Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
- ↑ Aldo: “I'm the number one pound-for-pound fighter”. WEC.tv (2009-2-23). Retrieved on 2010-1-15.
- ↑ After leaving family to study jiu-jitsu, WEC’s José Aldo returned home a champion. Yahoo Sports (2010-2-16). Retrieved on 2010-2-16.