Dana White feels like he is totally grateful for José Aldo and all he has accomplished in blended martial arts.
The previous World Excessive Cagefighting (WEC) and Final Combating Championship (UFC) featherweight champion has determined to retire from MMA, ending an 18-year profession earlier this week. Aldo had one struggle left on his present UFC contract purpose reached a deal with the promotion to void it.
Following the information of his retirement, the UFC president showered Aldo with reward throughout his post-fight press convention on the Contender Collection struggle card this previous Tuesday.
“We love him,” stated White (vvideo supplied by MMA Fighting). “This may at all times be his home. I advised him, ‘When you ever want something right here, should you ever need to go to an occasion, that is at all times your home.’ It is a man that, from the WEC to the UFC, helped construct the game, the model and Brazil for us. So we love him and we at all times will.
“He is made an incredible life for himself down there, too, and and accomplished some nice issues and made some huge cash, and I could not be joyful for him and his household,” continued White.
All through his storied profession, Aldo has had a number of iconic moments, however there’s one which White is especially keen on.
“I believe the struggle was in Rio when he jumped out of the Octagon and jumped into the group, and the group was carrying him round, and the place was going nuts,” stated White. “It is considered one of my favourite José Aldo moments.”
White is referring to the struggle in opposition to Chad Mendes at UFC 142, the place the Aldo efficiently defended the UFC featherweight championship with a first-round KO. ‘Junior’ ran throughout and out of the Octagon, leaping into the arms of frenzied fans.
Aldo went on to defend his title 4 extra instances earlier than dropping it to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 almost seven years in the past. The Brazilian rebounded with a unanimous resolution over Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight championship, however didn’t unify in opposition to Max Holloway.
He ultimately moved from featherweight to bantamweight, the place he went 3-3. Aldo fought for the ultimate time at UFC 278, the place he suffered a unanimous decision loss to Merab Dvalishvili in August.