Jose Aldo brought tears to the UFC Hall of Fame announcement

Jose Aldo was brought to tears on Saturday night when it was announced that the mixed martial arts luminary would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame later this year as part of the 2023 class.

The organization made the announcement during the pay-per-view broadcast for UFC 283, which took place in Aldo’s native Brazil.

Aldo was a former UFC and WEC 145-pound champion, considered one of the greatest pound-for-pound talents in MMA history.

The 36-year-old announced his retirement from MMA last September.

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Aldo has spent his entire adult life fighting professionally, finishing his UFC career with a 13-7 record and going 31-8 overall in MMA. He holds many featherweight records including the most wins, title victories, knockouts, and the best takedown defense of all time among many other notable achievements.

From an eight-second flying double knee knockout of Cube Swanson to winning the featherweight championship in his early 20s, Aldo’s undefeated run in the World Extreme Cage Fighting Organization was the stuff of legends.

Aldo defended his title, which became the UFC title when the two promotions merged in 2011, a record nine times.

A pioneer for smaller fighters competing below lightweight, Aldo didn’t lose at 145 pounds until December 2015 when he lost to Conor McGregor in the main event at 194.

Then, the following year, Aldo won the title vacated after McGregor moved up a division. He was on the losing end of a two-fight streak with Max Holloway and went the distance with current featherweight kingpin Alexander Volkanovsky before dropping weight. Aldo would go on to score a handful of impressive wins at 135 pounds but fell short in his only bantamweight title fight.

Aldo is the first member of the class of 2023. The official induction ceremony is scheduled to take place during International Fight Week in Las Vegas this summer.

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