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"Congratulations @JoseAldoJunior on a legendary run," the promotion tweeted Sunday evening. Aldo was released from his UFC contract. Aldo's contract status is unknown.
Aldo's retirement would freeze his UFC contract. The great fighter has been removed from the UFC's external rankings, meaning he's no longer active.
If he was freed from his contract, he might compete for other promotions or in other combat sports like boxing.
Aldo (31-8) is one of the top five MMA fighters of all time. MMA's finest 145-pound fighter.
The Brazilian striker defended the UFC/WEC featherweight title nine times from 2009 until 2015.
From 2006 until 2014, Aldo won 18 straight fights, notably against Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar. He's beaten Marlon Vera, Chad Mendes (twice), Kenny Florian, Cub Swanson, and Mike Brown.
Aldo resurrected his career after losing to Conor McGregor in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in 2015. He won the featherweight title again and is now aiming for the bantamweight belt.