The use of steroids in sports is a very widespread phenomenon. MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is no exception. This article is about Jose Aldo and the steroids stories associated with this popular fighter.
The Sportsman’s Biography, Fights, and Highlights
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Junior (aliases “Scarface” “Junior” and “Junior Mac”) was born in Manaus, Brazil. When he was a child, a terrible accident happened, his sister unintentionally dropped him onto the family barbecue, and the scar on the left side of his face is a haunting reminder of this.
In his adolescence, he intended to become a football player in this he had the support of his father. But after some hoodlums attempted to beat him in street fights, the situation made him think seriously about capoeira. During lessons, the Brazil Jiu-Jitsu trainer noted him and invited him to apply himself in this field. After that, he moved to another style (Jiu-Jitsu, as you might have guessed). At 17, he appeared in Rio with only several items of clothes but an incredible aspiration to do the impossible in the MMA and gain success.
The first debut was unpleasant for the 17-year-old guy: he conceded at the 18th second to Mario Bigola. But in the second championship, under the Shooto Brazil’s patronage, Aldo triumphed and mastered Hudson Rocha in a hair raising match. They stopped the match upon orders from a healthcare professional when the first round ended, as the sportsman had made a cut over the contender’s left eye. Rocha stood up but was faced with blows and after a sharp knee, fell in a dead faint.
6 months later, our man fought with the beginner Louise de Paula. Jose took the opponent into a clinch before inflicting a flurry of blows and ending the battle with a suffocating “triangle” two minutes later.
Silva changed sports organizations many times. Then he moved to Britain, where he vanquished Micky Young with a technical knockout for 60 seconds. Before a contract with the WEC (the abbreviation for World Extreme Cagefighting), he competed with Shoji Maruyama (Pancrase expert) in 2007 and unanimously gained the victory, dominating both in stance and in the stalls. He sent Maruyama to the floor with a direct kick to the body in the first round. Later, he used his knees in the clinch and then made a takedown. Maruyama couldn’t overpower him.
In summer 2008, the star performed at WEC in California against Alexandre Franca “Pequeno” Nogueira and won. Six days later he triumphed in a fight with Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson, which lasted less than ten seconds. He resorted to two knee jumps.
After beating Mike Brown in the first minute via TKO (technical knockout), in November 2009, the Brazilian was titled the WEC top athlete in the featherweight category.
The champion met Urijah Faber in April 2010 and obtained a victory thanks to the arbitrators’ verdict. The sportsman rained powerful punches on the body and feet of his rival, sending him to the floor multiple times. For the remaining 1:40 minutes of the fourth round, the Brazilian caught the opponent in the “crucifixion” move and showered him with punches and kicks. In the final stage, the battler was not active, although he made one strong blow to the body, which almost overwhelmed Faber.
In September 2010, the athlete defended his title, knocking Manvel “Manny” Gamburyan (“The Anvil”) out at the beginning of the second round. After the battle, he announced that he intended to change weight categories into the light one.
He received an offer from the UFC to fight against Kenny “KenFlo” Florian. They considered him an aspirant for this weight category champion’s regalia. However, Aldo refused, motivated by his desire to achieve full superiority in the featherweight division. They recognized him as the best in this category in 2010.
In October 2010, the WEC bought out the UFC. Jose planned his first match with Josh “The Fluke” Grispi, but the athlete injured his neck and retired. He first defended his title in a bout with Mark Hominick in 2011 and unanimously won, having also gained the “Battle of the Tournament” award. Then the fight with Kenny Florian took place, where Jose again celebrated a victory via judges’ decision. In early 2012, he struck down Chad Mendes.
After several physical traumas and changes of opponents, Jose fought with Frankie Edgar (an ex-UFC lightweight champion) and prevailed, also gaining the “Battle of the Tournament” bonus.
In August 2013, Aldo would fight Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who copped a knee injury and was replaced by Chen Song John. Aldo beat the Korean with knockout blows, causing him to suffer a flurry of punches. In February 2014, he overcame Ricardo Lamas by judges’ final determination.
The circulation of rumors concerning Aldo meeting with Pettis started again, however, the latter was starring in The Ultimate Fighter at that moment.
A rematch with Mendes was scheduled for August, but that rival was injured. They moved the return match to October. Although the sportsman was briefly struggling at the fight’s beginning and cut down in the third round, he made two takedowns, almost knocked out the opponent and took four rounds under his control.
He won by the experts’ opinion and again received the privilege called “Battle of the Tournament.”
Some of his achievements include:
- Two-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 Crackerjack Style of Fighting
The MMA star is known for his shock technique thanks to his basic training being Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is good at ground fighting, catching rivals in the “crucifix” position and is well-versed in submission fighting.
The dexterous athlete also uses Muay Thai techniques, his style bears a resemblance to Dutch kickboxing after preparing with the exalted kickboxer Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer. His use of a series of injurious knees and leg and fist strokes is characterized by flexible footwork and slippery head movements.
“Junior” is a guru in blocking takedowns, he has resisted 91% of them in his career. He is the man with the longest series of victories in the MMA’s history and is first placed in the number of wins and knockouts in the WEC and UFC practices with over 600 significant strikes.
The Personal Life of the Bizarrely Perfect Sportsman
Aldo’s childhood and adolescence were hard. He was poor and the family didn’t have enough money for food sometimes. His coach tried to help him and always invited him for supper or snacks.
The dream supporting Aldo in those years was always to own his own house. The king of the MMA is married to Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira, a woman who has a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. She took part in different Brazilian championships: ASPERA Fighting Championship, Bitetti Combat, and LIMO Fight Combat. Viviane is now competing in the strawweight division in the Invicta Fighting Championships. The couple has one daughter, born in 2012.
Jose Aldo’s Numerous Defeats
In 2015, Jose experienced several mishaps. He entered the cage as the first ranked regardless of weight, ready to teach the insolent fighter Conor McGregor (also known as “Notorious”) a lesson or three but failed within 13 seconds and left the cage as a loser.
The footage of Jose Aldo going to the locker room and throwing a T-shirt over his head caused compassionate emotions even in McGregor. After that victory, Conor acknowledged that the opposer didn’t deserve such an ignominy. Two years later he gained a temporary title, beating Frankie Edgar. It was later acknowledged to be real, since Conor McGregor didn’t want to return to 146 pounds.
Not getting the revenge he sought with Mystic Mac. Jose Aldo agreed to confirm the belt by fighting the formidable Max Holloway, however, the Brazilian legend lost in the third round.
The saddest thing was that many people refused to recognize Aldo as a champion in the period between the battles with Edgar and Holloway. They charged him with giving the belt to the Notorious without any support and then took him to custody before a candidate arrived. On December 3, 2017, Jose Aldo planned to fully pay off his fate for everything that had happened in the preceding period.
Unfortunately, he didn’t succeed. The ex division champion Jose Aldo was weaker than the current champion Max “Blessed” Holloway, who dragged Aldo into a dangerous fight. Max, featuring advantages in size, technique, and composure, constantly won. The 3rd round turned into agony — an unsteady Aldo desperately hammered through the air, and Holloway landed terrible punches with his fists from a safe distance. Knockout was an obvious conclusion in that ruthless, bloody drama.
Steroid Accusations Made by Jose Aldo
In 2016, internal sources revealed that Jose was upset he hadn’t managed to rematch Conor McGregor on the UFC 200. He accused Conor McGregor of using banned substances. He also wondered why no one had tested Conor for prohibited medications. Why did he claim that? He simply couldn’t understand why he had lost to McGregor so fast. A user nicknamed Myrddin Wild at Sherdog forum wrote:
“Outstanding, A Brazilian fighter talking about American fighterz on the roidz.”
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 Jose and his team of abusing anabolic steroids. He didn’t name the particular medications Jose supposedly used, but he noted that recently Jose “had looked deflated.”
Many forum participants on Sherdog advocated for Junior, writing that “Rogan is very biased and attention-hungry” and “He’s in the entertainment business. Nuff said..” However, there was an overwhelming opinion that everybody in this sport is on juice. This is the mosquito swarming above the MMA organisation’s head.
Fighters usually take Anavar, Winstrol, Boldenone, Halotestin, and Ostarine (a SARM).