José Aldo

By Joseph White

Published April 6, 2024

José Aldo

One of the most dignified yet respected players in the UFC and MMA community, Jose Aldo is one of the legendary fighters the world has ever known. Anyone who is well-versed and takes keen interest in MMA fighting knows very well about his achievements and titles. Jose Aldo was born and brought up in Manaus, Brazil, and that too in a lower-middle-class family, Looking at his achievements, he has come a long way chasing his dreams and holds a net worth of a whopping $9 million! Today he is the title holder of many prestigious awards like the WEC Featherweight Championship, two-time UFC Featherweight Champion, and various others which are a dream of every aspiring MMA fighter. As of the year 2023, he has taken retirement from MMA fighting and enjoys a peaceful life with his wife Vivianne Aldo, and two children.

Net Worth$9 Million
Salary$400,000
Date of Birth9 September 1986
Place of BirthManaus, Brazil
GenderMale
Height5’7”
ProfessionProfessional MMA and UFC fighter
NationalityBrazilian
MarriedMarried to Vivianne Aldo
Children2
No. of Houses4
No. of Cars4
No. of Awards9

What was José Aldo’s Net worth?

Jose Aldo has won numerous titles and awards to his name in his UFC career, as a result of which he is amongst the richest and most influential MMA fighters in the industry today. With a net worth of approximately $9 Million, his results are a testimonial of his hard work, dedication, and practice which he has put into the sport. He is also one of the fighters who has remained undefeated in his career for the longest time in the tournament.

How were José Aldo’s Early Life, Marriage, and Children?

How were José Aldo’s Early Life, Marriage, and Children?
 

Talking about José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior or Jose Aldo’s personal life, he was born on 9 September 1986, in Manaus, Brazil to parents Rocilene Socorro Souza and José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Sr. You must have noticed that he has a scar on the left side face, well that is because he had an accident with a barbecue while he was young. Jose Aldo's childhood went in getting beaten up in fights and leaving him in discomfort as a result of which he started mixed martial arts or MMA. His father was very supportive of this decision and supported him throughout. Aldo initially started learning Capoeira, which is basically an Afro-Brazilian martial arts form, and slowly and steadily learned other forms of martial arts as well like Jiu Jitsu which he excelled prominently. Later he moved to Manaus, Brazil at the age of 17 to carry forward his dream of becoming a successful MMA fighter and since then there has been no looking back.

How were José Aldo’s Early Life, Marriage, and Children?
 

Talking of Jose Aldo's relationship status as of now, he has an amazing love life and he has married his long-time girlfriend, Vivianne Aldo who also holds similar interests to him, and has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu and has fought twice professionally in Muay Thai. The couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Joanna, and his wife recently gave birth to their son Jose Aldo III. After which Aldo announced his retirement from MMA.

What is José Aldo’s claim to fame?

Jose Aldo or José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior is known to anyone who takes a keen interest in MMA or UFC. The Brazilian MMA fighter who belongs to Manaus, has won some major titles like the UFC Featherweight Champion twice, has been one of the longest-undefeated athletes, and has won various other accolades for his dedication, hard work, and patience to the game. He is known for his unique fighting style in the featherweight category which is quite different from other athletes and it includes a mix of Muay Thai and Brazilian Ziu-Zitsu. He has not only been an inspiration to aspiring fighters, but apart from that, he is also a face to well-known charitable organizations around the world who promotes well-being and his own sport, MMA.

What is José Aldo’s history with cars?

Jose Aldo was hit by a car when he was traveling to a destination on his bike which made his close ones worry. After that incident, his coach advised him to take public transport rather than a personal vehicle. Apart from that Jose Aldo is a huge car fanatic as a result of which he keeps some amazing yet exotic cars in his car collection most of which are sports coupes, apart from that, he is often seen flaunting his rides on his personal social media handles.

How big is José Aldo’s car collection?

How big is José Aldo’s car collection?
 

Being a famous celebrity, Jose Aldo owns some of the most exotic cars, about which we will tell you in brief in this section.

  1. 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS: Jose Aldo’s Impala was the last Impala produced in its respective batch when he bought one and being his first car, it is really close to his heart. The car cost him $22,500 when he bought it and it is powered by a 5.7L Naturally Aspirated, V8 which pushes out 260 hp and 330 lb.-ft of peak torque via a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
  2. 2019 Ford Mustang: A car that needs no introduction, and has a lot of car guys drooling over it all over the world. Yes, we are talking about the Ford Mustang, and that too the specific 2019 model that is our personal favorite too. Jose Aldo owns one and he has one with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine that produces 310 hp and 350 lb.-ft and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
  3. 2015 Mercedes GLK Class: In our opinion, the GLK Class is one vehicle that is rarely found with any celebrities, but Jose Aldo has one in his garage. The GLK Class is powered by a 3.5L Naturally Aspirated, V6 engine which churns around 302 hp and 273 lb.-ft and is mated to a 7-speed Auto-shift Manual gearbox.
  4. 2011 Audi R8: The most powerful vehicle in Aldo’s garage, it is a 2011 Audi R8 V10 which produces an astonishing 525 hp and 391 lb.-ft of peak torque through a 5.2L Naturally Aspirated, V10 engine which Aldo proudly shows off on his social media. The car has a top speed of 199 MPH and it does a 0-60 MPH in just 3.7 seconds.

How many houses did José Aldo own?

How many houses did José Aldo own?
 

Coming from a poor family when he started his career in MMA fighting, it was one of Aldo’s major dreams to own his house one day. Time passed and his luck and hard work went hand in hand, and today he is the owner of not just one but two mansions as of our knowledge. Let us tell you in brief about both of them. He has also put these properties for vacation rent. The first property is situated in Orlando and is an 8-bedroom mansion that is very close to Disneyland and is spread over 3,569 sqft. It has various amenities such as a swimming pool, dedicated theatre room, fitness center, and numerous other facilities. Talking about the second property, this one is also situated in Orlando but has a different layout than the latter and has 9 bedrooms in total. This property is spread over a large 5,065 sqft. and gets a larger swimming pool, pool table, and dedicated theatre room and does not miss out on any amenity that would make it a less desirable place.

What were some of the notable events in José Aldo’s life?

Being a successful MMA fighter and popular UFC player, Jose Aldo has seen some notable events throughout his life; here we have listed a few of them.

  1. June 1, 2008: The date 1 June 2008 was a special day for Aldo since he made his debut in the World Extreme Cagefighting tournament at the Arco Arena in California. He won the fight against renowned fighter Alexandre Franca Nogueira at WEC 34.
  2. December 12, 2015: One of the most iconic yet memorable matches was fought between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, this was one shocking match since Jose Aldo was knocked out in just 13 seconds due to a punch by McGregor on Aldo’s chin.
  3. September 18, 2022: This was also the birth date of his son Jose Aldo III, and on the same day he announced his retirement from his MMA fighting career with few UFC matches left in his contract.
  4. April 1, 2023 - Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stevens: One of the most interesting yet entertaining matches for the spectators which took place on April 1, 2023, this match ended in a majority draw after both the athletes put their best performance forward. The score for Aldo and Stevens stood at 58-56 from one of the judges and 57-57 from the other two judges respectively.

What are José Aldo’s top performances?

What are José Aldo’s top performances?
 

Jose Aldo is one of the top influencing figures the MMA industry has seen, and no doubt it is due to his strong performance which has turned a lot of spectators into his fans. Let us tell you about some of his top performances in the history of his MMA career.

  • 14 January 2012: Jose Aldo faced Chad Mendes on this day at UFC 142 and it was a fight worth watching, Aldo won this match via a KnockOut in the second round, and to celebrate his victory he went into the HSBC Arena to celebrate victory with the spectators and fans loved this gesture of his!

Jose Aldo had a lot of title defenses throughout his career, and apart from that he was the winner of the UFC Featherweight Champion twice and has seven successful defenses. Some of his major defense fights include strong contestants like Kenny Florian on 8 October 2011, UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 156, and various other famous athletes, and all these were amazing matches that proved Aldo’s potential and hunger to win the spectators.

  • Winning the WEC Featherweight Championship on November 18, 2009: Jose Aldo faced Mike Brown on November 18, 2009, and it was one nail-biting match in which he won by TKO in the second round.
  • Pancrase: Pancrase is a Japanese company that holds Mixed Martial arts among fighters and Aldo even competed in this. He won over legendary fighter and veteran Shoji Maruyama which was a notable fight held back in 2007.

What is the salary of José Aldo?

Taking into account how successful, influential, and popular Jose Aldo is as a sportsperson and an athlete, he does not need to worry about his balance as he earns a yearly base salary of approximately $400,000 which makes him one of the richest celebrities in the MMA industry. And these figures are just from the fights alone, the amount which he earns through endorsements and other deals are different.

How many awards did José Aldo win?

How many awards did José Aldo win?
 

Being one of the top fighters in the UFC tournament, José Aldo has a lot of awards, titles, and achievements to his name and they are numerous. Let us take you through a quick look at all of them.

  • Two-Time UFC Featherweight Champion: Jose Aldo has been the UFC featherweight champion twice in his career. Apart from that, he has retained the title for a good five years. He has also won the UFC Hall of Fame award which is itself a huge deal. Jose Aldo also holds the titles for the Most successful and consecutive title defenses in UFC featherweight championship history.
  • WEC Featherweight Champion: Jose Aldo has also won the featherweight championship title in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC). Apart from that what is more interesting is the fact that he has defended the title two times successfully. In WEC itself he has also won other awards like the Knockout of the Year award, and the most consecutive wins in WEC.
  • Sherdog Fighter of the Year: Jose Aldo has also won the Sherdog “Fighter of the Year” award for the year 2009. And apart from that he has his name registered in titles like “Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame”, and 2021 “Comeback Fighter of the Year” from the Sherdog team of awards.
  • ESPN: Famous Sports Broadcasting Channel ESPN has also awarded the “Fight of the Year” award to Jose Aldo due to his strong performance. He was awarded this for his fight with Chad Mendes which took place at UFC 179.

What brands have José Aldo endorsed?

What brands have José Aldo endorsed?
 

Becoming an influential figure comes as a free package when you become successful and popular, Jose Aldo’s life is also no different. With some great championship titles to his name and a long history of being undefeated in his sport, Jose Aldo has been recognized as one of the go-to celebrities for promoting their respective products by brands. Here are some of the brands Jose Aldo has endorsed.

  • Venum: Venum is a French apparel brand which is known for its outfits and gear which are specifically made for sportspersons and was founded in 2005, by Mehdi Zatout. Hiring Aldos is the perfect celebrity for them as the face of the brand since he comes from a sports background.
  • Reebok: Reebok is a popular sports brand that is known worldwide for its quality and strength. The brand was established in 1958 in England by Joseph William Foster and has its headquarters in Boston. Jose Aldo was roped in by Reebok to be the face of the brand due to his positive brand image amongst his fans and people who are interested in MMA.
  • LG Electronics: Not only sports brands but major household brands like LG which is an acronym for Life’s Good, have also been associated with Jose Aldo for promoting their products.
  • Unicef Brazil and the Brazilian Association for Down Syndrome (ABD): Jose Aldo is already a philanthropist by nature as he has contributed to a lot of noble causes in the past in various parts of the world, and now he is closely associated with Unicef Brazil for the betterment of the people there.

What are José Aldo’s charitable contributions?

What are José Aldo’s charitable contributions?
 

Apart from being a successful MMA fighter, Jose Aldo has been actively involved in charity work and events where he can provide a helping hand of his own will. Over the years he has launched several charitable organizations that have helped people in need in the form of money and food. In 2014, he even played a charity game against Neymar Jr. in which he surprisingly tricks Neymar from the ball; fans and spectators were quite shocked to see his football skills. Moreover, he also wants to see a rise in MMA and education as a result of which he has also been involved in motivating children of many schools worldwide, especially in Brazil. He also shares a deep love for animals, supporting which he has also founded an animal shelter in Rio De Janeiro, which offers free medical treatment and food for the animals there.

What are José Aldo’s best quotes?

What are José Aldo’s best quotes?
 

Jose Aldo has been an inspiring figure for many due to the heights he has received in his MMA career, and here are some quotes that he has been captured saying.

  1. “Everybody fights for money, of course, but I wanted to leave a legacy when I retired, get my name in history. I don't think like that anymore. When I lost the belt, I saw how reality is. Champion means nothing.”
  2. “I think Americans are really patriotic people, so patriotism is something they can understand. I'm very patriotic about Brazil, my country, and that includes my language.”
  3. “McGregor has a good punch, but he cannot say that he's the biggest puncher. MMA gloves are tiny - four ounces - so when they connect, they drop you.”
  4. “Not just me but everybody in the WEC was dreaming of fighting in the UFC and becoming a champ. Thank God I went there and became a champion. I root for the WEC guys. I do.”
  5. “I wanted to train jiu-jitsu instead of capoeira because the mat was soft. It was better than training Capoeira on the hard floor. I started reading jiu-jitsu magazines, reading about the world champions, and becoming one of them became my goal.”

José Aldo vs. Conor McGregor

José Aldo vs. Conor McGregor
 

One of the most heated and controversial rivalries in the history of MMA and in UFC; Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor have created a lot of hype whenever they have gone against each other in the octagon. Both athletes have created a name for themselves in MMA, and are no less than legends in the UFC tournaments. Talking of achievements and titles, both athletes have a long list of them, and both of them have been former UFC Featherweight Champions at some point in time, and have given tough competition to many athletes. However one of the most iconic yet memorable matches that happened between the two was at UFC 194, on December 12, 2015, where McGregor won over Aldo in just 13 seconds by a knockout on Aldo’s right chin, leading to Aldo’s knockout.

Net Worth

Talking about net worth, Conor Mcgregor today holds a net worth of a whopping amount of $200 million! Whereas Jose Aldo's Net worth stands at $9 million. The prominent reasons McGregor has always stayed in the limelight are his flamboyant personality, trash-talking, controversial statements and exceptional performance in the octagon which always catches the media and spectator’s attention.

Family

Talking of family members and relationships, Aldo is married to his long-time girlfriend, Vivianne Aldo and the couple has a 10-year-old daughter, Joanna while his wife recently gave birth to their son Jose Aldo III in 2022. Talking about McGregor has been in a long relationship with his wife Dee Devlin since 2008. The couple got engaged in 2021, and are parents to three children, Conor Jack McGregor, Croa McGregor and the youngest Ran McGregor.

What’s Next for José Aldo?

Jose Aldo has achieved a lot in his career, and he pretty much has everything that an aspiring MMA fighter would ever dream of. With so many titles, awards and championships to his name, he has achieved a lot due to his hard work, perseverance and consistency in the sport. Currently, Aldo is completely focused on his health and has taken retirement from MMA after the birth of his son on 18 September 2022. He also wants to see the growth of MMA in the coming years and he has been closely associated with nurturing young talent in Brazil and other parts of the world through charitable organizations.

FAQs

How long was Jose Aldo undefeated?

Jose Aldo was first defeated in the year 2005, after which he remained undefeated for a whole decade.

Is Jose Aldo in the Hall of Fame?

Yes, Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva were inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

How old was Jose Aldo when he fought Conor?

Jose Aldo was 29 years old when he fought Conor for the first time.

How long was Conor vs. Aldo?

The Match between Conor and Aldo lasted for just 13 seconds in the UFC 194.

How old is Jose Aldo UFC?

Jose Aldo is 36 years old as of 2023.

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