The UFC announced Jose Aldo as part of the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2023.
Aldo, a former WEC and UFC champion, will be enshrined in the “Modern Wing” during International Fight Week in Las Vegas. The 11th annual event takes place this summer with the hall of fame ceremony being streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
“Jose Aldo is the greatest featherweight of all time,” UFC President Dana White said. “From WEC to UFC, Jose helped us build the sport of MMA and UFC as a brand, as well as change the perception of the smaller weight classes and what they could accomplish inside the Octagon. It will be an honor to induct him into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer.”
Aldo will enter the UFC Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Wing, joining others in this distinguished category, including Forrest Griffin (2013), BJ Penn (2015), Urijah Faber (2017), Ronda Rousey (2018), Michael Bisping (2019), Rashad Evans (2019), Georges St-Pierre (2020), Khabib Nurmagomedov (2022) and Daniel Cormier (2022).
The “Modern Era” category includes athletes who turned pro on or after November 17, 2000 (when the first UFC event under the unified rules of MMA was held), are a minimum age of 35, or who have been retired for one year or more.
A veteran of 39 fights during his 18-year professional MMA career, Aldo compiled a record of 31-8 (24-7, UFC / WEC / PRIDE / Shooto Brazil), securing victories over UFC Hall of Famers Urijah Faber and Cub Swanson.
He also scored wins over former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, former Pancrase Korea lightweight tournament winner Chan Sung “The Korean Zombie” Jung, and former Shooto lightweight champion Alexandre Nogueira.
Jose Aldo’s Resume
* Most wins in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 18
* Most title fight wins in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 11
* Most knockouts in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 11
* Most finishes in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 11
* Most consecutive wins in WEC history – 8
* Youngest champion in WEC history – 23 years old
* Highest takedown defense percentage in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 92.6%
* Tied for second-fastest knockout in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 0:08 seconds
* Tied for third-most knockdowns in UFC / WEC featherweight history – 9