The UFC and Jose have reached an agreement for him to retire with one bout left on his current contract. It's possible that this is the first step in Aldo's exploration of other sports, such as boxing or jiu-jitsu tournaments, as a result of this decision.
After eighteen years and 39 professional MMA bouts, Aldo has retired. His MMA career began in August 2004. During this time, he won the featherweight titles in both the WEC and the UFC, and he successfully defended his titles nine times.
The 36-year-old has beaten several of his generation's top fighters, including Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung, and Ricardo Lamas, among others, at both featherweight and bantamweight.
After losing by unanimous decision against the aforementioned Dvalishivili in August, Aldo made the choice to retire. The loss ended the Brazilian's three-fight winning streak, during which he had defeated Rob Font, Pedro Munhoz, and Marlon Vera.