The use of steroids in sports is a very widespread phenomenon. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is no exception. In this article, we will tell you about Jose Aldo and steroids stories associated with his personality.
The sporstman’s biography
The future MMA fighter was born in the town of Manaus (Brazil). When he was a child, his older sister accidentally dropped him into the barbecue, and the scar on the left side of his face is the reminder of that accident. In his childhood, he dreamed of becoming a football player with the support of his father. But he was tired of being defeated in street fights, and he began to study capoeira. During the lessons of capoeira, he was noticed by the coach of Brazil Jiu-Jitsu & invited to try himself in this martial art. After that, the sportsman moved from the capoeira style to another style (Jiu-Jitsu, as you might have guessed). At the age of 17 he moved to Rio having only the clothes on his back and the desire to train in the MMA until he found success.
The first fight in MMA ended with the failure of 17-year-old sportsman: he was knocked out after 18 seconds by Mario Bigola. But in the second fight, under the wing of Shooto Brazil, the sportsman mastered and defeated Hudson Rocha. The fight was stopped by the present healthcare professional at the finish of the first round, as the sportsman made a cut over the left eye of the opponent, kneed him and beat him. Rocha rose to his feet, but he was finished off with blows and a knee, and then knocked off his feet.
A half of a year later, he fought with a beginner named Louise de Paula. At the beginning of the fight, the sportsman took the opponent to clinch, then he took the position of the mount, inflicted a flurry of blows and ended the battle with a suffocating “triangle” two minutes later.
The sportsman spent several years changing sports organizations. Then he decided to travel to Britain, where he fought against Micky Young and won a technical knockout in a minute. Before the contract with WEC (the abbreviation of World Extreme Cagefighting), the sportsman fought with Pancrase expert Shoji Maruyama in 2007 and unanimously gained the victory, dominating both in the stance and in the stalls. In the first round, he sent Maruyama to the floor by direct kick to the body. Later he struck his knees and legs, while in the clinch. Then the athlete conducted a takedown, where Maruyama could not defeat the opponent. The sportsman took the position of the mount.
The athlete made his debut at WEC in June 2008 in California against Alexandre Franca Nogueira and won. Another victory was gained six days later in the fight with Kabe Swanson. The victory was won by two knee jumps in the jump. The fight did not last even 10 seconds.
Having received the victory over Mike Brown in November 2009 by technical knockout, the sportsman became the WEC top fighter in featherweight category. In battle, he was able to take the position of holding from the back, where he inflicted a lot of blows, finishing the battle in a minute and a half after the start.
The athlete fought against Urijah Faber in April 2010 and obtained a victory by the decision of the arbitrators. The sportsman inflicted powerful punches to the body & feet of the enemy, laying him on the floor multiple times. For the remaining 1:40 min of the fourth round, the Brazilian caught the opponent in the “crucifixion”, showering him with punches and kicks. In the fifth round, the sportsman was not active, although he made a strong blow to the opponent’s body, which almost overwhelmed Faber.
In September 2010, the athlete defended his sports title against Manny Gamburyan, knocking him out at the beginning of the second round. After the battle, he announced the desire to move into a lightweight category. The UFC offered him a fight with Kenny Florian, a contender for the lightweight champion’s regalia, but Aldo refused, focusing on defending the featherweight title.
In October 2010 WEC bought out the UFC. The sportsman became the top fighter in the featherweight category. Firstly, his first defense was appointed in a fight with Josh Grispy, but the sportsman injured his neck and retired. He first defended the title in a fight with Mark Hominick in 2011 and unanimously won, having also gained the “Battle of the Tournament” award. The second defense passed from Kenny Florian, where he again celebrated the victory by the decision of the arbitrators. In early 2012, the athlete knocked out Chad Mendez at the end of the first period.
After a series of physical traumas and change of opponents, the sportsman fought with ex-UFC lightweight champion Franky Edgar and retained his title by decision, also receiving the “Battle of the Tournament” bonus. In August 2013, the athlete was to fight Anthony Pettis, who was eliminated because of a knee trauma & was replaced by Chen Song John. The sportsman beat the Korean by knockout blows, causing him a flurry of punches, Jose dislocated his shoulder, hitting the right overhand. In February 2014, he defended the title with a victory over Ricardo Lamas due to the decision of the arbitrators. Rumors of Aldo’s meeting with Pettis started circulating again, however the latter was starring in The Ultimate Fighter at that moment.
Rematch with Mendes was supposed to be held in August, but the sportsman was injured. Rematch was moved to October. Despite the fact that the sportsman was laid at the beginning of the fight and almost cut down in the third round, he made two take downs, almost knocked out the opponent and took four rounds out of five under his control. He won by decision, also again receiving the bonus called “Battle of the Tournament.”
Some of the sportsman’s achievements include:
- 2-time UFC featherweight champion;
- the greatest number of title defenses (seven times);
- the last WEC featherweight champion;
- Sherdog’s 2009 Award;
- two WEC title defenses.
Jose Aldo’s style of fighting
The athlete is known for his shock technique, as his basic training is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is good at ground fighting, catching opponents in the position of “crucifixion” and is well versed in the submission fighting. Also, the fighter uses Muay Thai techniques, his style resembles the Dutch style of kickboxing after training with the Danish legendary kickboxer Andy Sauer. His using a series of traumatic knee, leg and fist strokes, is characterized by flexible footwork and slippery head movements.
The sportsman is considered the best in protection against the takedowns, he blocked 91% of the opponent’s takedowns. He is the man with the longest series of victories in the history of MMA, who has the largest number of winnings & knockouts in the WEC & UFC practice (almost 700 significant kicks).
Personal life of the sportsman
In his childhood and youth, the future MMA star was very poor. The trainers asked him if he had eaten that day or the previous one, when he appeared, and if the answer was negative, they started feeding him. The dream supporting Aldo those years was “my own house”. The athlete is married to Vivian Pereira, who has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. She has taken part in professional battles in Muay Thai two times. The couple has a daughter who was born in 2012.
Jose Aldo’s numerous defeats
In 2015, Jose had a very bad fight. He entered the cage as the first rating number, regardless of weight and the greatest champion in the history of the semi-light division, ready to teach the insolent fighter Conor McGregor. But he was defeated within 13 seconds and left the cage as a loser. The footage of Jose Aldo going to the locker room, throwing a T-shirt over his head, caused compassionate emotions even in McGregor. After that victory Conor acknowledged that the opponent did not deserve such a disgrace. Two years passed. Aldo won a temporary title, defeating Frankie Edgar. Later, Jose’s temporary belt was acknowledged to be real, since the true champion Conor McGregor did not intend to return to a weight loss of up to 66 kilograms.
And not getting revenge with the Irish offender Jose Aldo agreed to defend the belt with the formidable Max Holloway. And again, he lost. This time, the Brazilian legend was knocked out in the 3rd round. But the saddest thing was that many people refused to recognize Aldo as a champion in the period between battles with Edgar and Holloway. In the people’s minds, Jose was an ex-champion, who gave the belt to McGregor without a fight, and then took him to the custody before the arrival of a worthier candidate. On December 3, 2017, Jose Aldo was able to fully pay off his fate for everything that had happened in the last two years.
Unfortunately, he did not succeed. Ex-division champion Jose Aldo could not oppose the current champion Max Holloway who managed to do the most important thing – to drag Aldo into a dangerous fight, where Max, thanks to his advantage in size, technique and composure, constantly won. The ending of the 3rd round turned into an agony – an unsteady Aldo, in the style of early Wanderlei Silva, desperately hammered through the air, and Holloway from a safe distance inflicted terrible punches with his fists. Knockout was just a natural point in that ruthless bloody drama.
Steroid accusations made by Jose Aldo
In 2016, news appeared on the Internet that Jose was upset that he had not managed to rematch with Conor McGregor (also known as “Notorious”) on the UFC 200. In addition, he accused Conor McGregor of using banned substances. He also wondered why no one had tested Conor for the presence of prohibited substances in his blood. The position of Jose was clear. He simply could not understand why he had lost to McGregor in 13 seconds. Therefore, we consider the accusations of using steroids as his own means of psychological protection and justification. But who knows, maybe Conor did use steroids, such as Testoviron Depot and Equipoise.
Did Jose Aldo use steroids?
In 2015, after the fight between Jose and Conor, the famous sports commentator Joe Rogan gave an interview in which he said that he suspected that Jose and his team have been abusing anabolic steroids. The commentator did not say which particular medications Jose used, but he also noted that recently Jose “had looked deflated.”