Jose Aldo has announced his retirement plans from MMA as 2019 looks set to be his final year

Jose Aldo

At one point in his career, Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo was the most feared Featherweight in the world.

One loss in a 26-fight career, a five-year UFC champion and seven wins in a row under the promotional banner meant that no-one could realistically step to Aldo.

That was all apart from Conor McGregor.

Ever since 'Notorious' landed that left hand to the chin of Aldo in December 2015, it sent the Brazilian's career into a tailspin.

A recovery win and intertim Featherweight title crowning couldn't save him from the wrath of Max Holloway, who knocked Aldo out not once, but twice in 2017, putting an end pretty much to any future title chances.

Aldo was even on a non-pay-per-view event for the first time in his UFC career in July when he KO'd Jeremy Stephens, and February 2 will see him step into the Octagon again against Renato Moicano.

We don't have much more left of Aldo to see though in the world of MMA, as he's got plans to retire in 2019.

“I want to end my career here in Brazil. That’s what we have planned,” Aldo told the press during a UFC media day in Brazil, per MMAFighting.

Jose Aldo has revealed plans to retire in 2019 from MMA.

“I want to do these three fights… I’ll fight in Fortaleza now, and I’m already negotiating my next one for May [UFC 237], if I’m not mistaken in Curitiba, and then finish it in the second semester, which I know will have another event in Brazil.”

Rest assured he won't be moving to another promotion though. Aldo has stated his loyalty to the UFC and just wants to spend time at home with his family.

”I want to finish [my career] well and be healthy as well,” Aldo said.

“One thing I said in my last fight is that I want to [retire] tomorrow and not use my money to buy my heath back. Today I give away my health to make my money, so I won’t do that."

One or two impressive wins could land Aldo one more money fight in the business, but if Holloway is still champion, Aldo can kiss goodbye to any title hopes in the near future and look forward to a peaceful retirement.

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