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Jose Aldo, one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA), is ready for a new chapter.
Undefeated from 2006-2014, Aldo captured the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight title before losing to Conor McGregor. The Brazilian recaptured Featherweight gold before coughing up the crown to Max Holloway. After failing to regain momentum, Aldo surprised the fight world by dropping down to Bantamweight. Despite being rather late in his career, “Scarface” managed to fight for the title once at 135 pounds.
He nearly secured a second title shot, but Merab Dvalishvili stymied the Brazilian at UFC 278. As a result, Aldo announced his retirement from MMA. However, he’s not done with combat sports as a whole, as Aldo has repeatedly expressed interest in crossing over to the boxing ring.
Now, we may have a debut date. Hardcore FC founder Anatoliy Sulyanov strongly believes that Jose Aldo will be fighting in March 2023 in Dubai.
“On March 18th there will be a big Hardcore Boxing event in Dubai,” Sulyanov said (via Telecomasia). “I’m not going to tell you the names yet, but José Aldo and most likely even Sergey “Crusher” Kovalev will be on the card. Aldo will fight with 99.9 percent probability, we’re negotiating with Sergey now.”
It remains to be seen who will stand opposite Aldo in the ring. If his March debut does materialize, however, will you be tuning in?
Sure, you’ve seen knockout and submission of the year lists and highlights all over the place. But, have you watched the year’s best d—k kicks?
This is a fun challenge! I went three for four.
Can anyone name these 4 fighters? Hint, they all have a more famous brother pic.twitter.com/KBjTdQbDko— kevin stec (@StecKevin) December 26, 2022
Anthony Pettis making big bets!
Congratulations to newlyweds Dan Hardy and Veronica Macedo!
It’s been cool to see Mike Perry find his true home in combat sports. He’s the perfect BKFC representative!
Clearly, Chris Curtis just didn’t want to get up badly enough.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
RIP Stephan Bonnar. For anyone looking to watch an “American Psycho” fight outside of the famous bout vs. Forrest Griffin, his rematch with Krzysztof Soszynski was a fun scrap and great performance.
Stephan Bonnar vs Forrest Griffin (UFC62, 2006) One of the best fights ever & one of the most important fights in UFC history, maybe THE most important fight. #RIPStephanBonnar pic.twitter.com/3rZyFkvGq6— @ (@FTBeard7) December 24, 2022
Saenchai pummeled one last foe before the close of 2022.
Saenchai closes 2022 with a high kick KO in today's Thai Fight main event against Elit Honkorng pic.twitter.com/N2up39Nf7q— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 24, 2022
Great combination featuring different targets and reloads that finishes with a BANG!
A sneaky butterfly.
Incredible camouflage of the Kallima inachus butterfly.pic.twitter.com/2CHYdYzgHZ— Fascinating (@fasc1nate) December 26, 2022
Midnight Music: Rock, 1971
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.