All good things must come to an end, including the reign of the King of Rio.
It was revealed yesterday that José Aldo had informed the UFC of his desire to step away from fighting, putting a bow on the consensus featherweight GOAT’s 18-year career inside the cage. Combate’s Raphael Marinho was the first to report the news.
Ending his run with a record of 31 wins and 8 losses across two weight divisions, and sporting a historic unbeaten streak across 18 fights between 2006 and 2015, the 36-year-old’s name is one that will likely live on for an eternity in the history books.
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MMA Twitter reacts to Jose Aldo’s retirement:
The morning view
Chris Daukaus details his fight postponement:
The Weasle breaks down the four rounds of Cory Sandhagen vs Song Yadong:
Israel Adesanya releases his own trailer for Adesanya vs Pereira III:
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On this day in MMA…
On the 19th of September, 2019, Khamzat Chimaev earned his third finish inside the UFC in as many months when he faced Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11.
Chimaev stalked Meerschart in the opening seconds of the bout before clipping him with a single right cross that dropped the submission wiz where he stood, just 17 seconds into the fight.
Chimaev earned a $50,000 performance of the night bonus for his effort and was put on the fast track to a UFC title fight.