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 steroids stories associated with his personality.
The Sporstman’s Biography, Fights, and Highlights
José Aldo da Silva Oliveira Júnior (“Scarface”, “Junior”, “Junior Mac”) was born in Manaus (Brazil). When he was a child, a terrible accident happened, his sister unintentionally dropped him into the barbecue, and the scar on the left side of his face reminds of this. In his adolescence, he intended to become a football player with the support of his father. But some hoodlums attempted to beat him in street fights. The case made him think seriously about capoeira. During the lessons, the trainer of Brazil Jiu-Jitsu “detected” him and invited to try 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 impossible in the MMA and gain success.
The 1st debut was unpleasant for the 17-year-old guy: he conceded at the 18th sec to Mario Bigola. But in the second championship, under the Shooto Brazil’s patronage, Aldo mastered and triumphed in a battle with Hudson Rocha. The match was stopped by the healthcare professional when the first round was finished, as the sportsman made a cut over the contender’s left eye. Rocha stood up but faced with blows and a knee fell in a dead faint.
6 months later, he fought with a beginner Louise de Paula. Jose 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.
Silva changed sports organizations many times. Then he moved to Britain, where he vanquished Micky Young with a technical knockout for 60 seconds. Before the contract with WEC (the abbreviation of World Extreme Cagefighting), he competed with Shoji Maruyama (Pancrase expert) in 2007 and unanimously gained the victory, dominating both in the stance and in the stalls. He sent Maruyama to the floor by direct kick to the body in the 1st round. Later he used his knees in the clinch and then made a takedown, where 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 the fight with Kevin Luke “Cub” Swanson, which lasted less than 10 seconds. He resorted to two knee jumps.
After beating Mike Brown at the 1st minute using TKO (technical knockout), in November 2009, the Brazilian was titled the WEC top athlete of featherweight category. Taking the pose of holding from the back, he inflicted a lot of blows and dominated.
The champion met Urijah Faber in April 2010 and obtained a victory by the arbitrators’ verdict. The sportsman inflicted powerful punches to the body & feet of the rival, 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 final stage, the battler 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, knocking Manvel “Manny” Gamburyan (“The Anvil”) out in the 2nd round (at the beginning of it). After the battle, he announced that he intended to change weight category to light one. He received the offer from the UFC to fight against Kenny Florian (“KenFlo“). He was considered an aspirant for this weight category champion’s regalia. However, Aldo refused, motivating it by his desire to achieve the superiority in featherweight division. He was recognized the best in this category in 2010.
In October 2010 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 managed to defend the 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 the victory by the judges’ decision. In early 2012, he struck down Chad Mendes.
After several physical traumas and change of opponents, Jose fought with Frankie Edgar (ex-UFC lightweight champion) and prevailed, also gaining the “Battle of the Tournament” bonus. In August 2013, Aldo was going to fight with Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who got a knee injury & was replaced by Chen Song John. Aldo beat the Korean by knockout blows, causing him a flurry of punches. In February 2014, he won Ricardo Lamas by the judges’ final determination. The circulation of rumors, concerning Aldo’s meeting with Pettis started again, however the latter was starring in The Ultimate Fighter at that moment.
Rematch with Mendes was scheduled for August, but the rival was injured. Return match was moved to October. Although the sportsman was laid at the fight’s start and cut down in the third round, he made two take downs, almost knocked out the opponent and took four rounds under his control. He won by experts’ opinion, and again received the privilege called “Battle of the Tournament.”
Some of his 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 Crackerjack Style of Fighting
The MMA star is known for his shock technique, as his basic training is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is good at ground fighting, catching rivals in the position of “crucifixion” and is well versed in the submission fighting.The dexterous athlete also uses Muay Thai techniques, his style bears a resemblance with the Dutch kickboxing after preparing with a Dutch exalted kickboxer Andy “The Destroyer” Souwer. His using a series of injurious knee, leg and fist strokes, is characterized by flexible footwork and slippery head movements.
“Junior” is a guru in blocking takedowns, he resisted 91% of them in his career. He is the man with the longest series of victories in the MMA history, and is the first by the number of winnings & knockouts in the WEC & UFC practice (over 600 significant strikes).
Personal Life of the Bizarre Sportsman
Aldo’s childhood and adolescence were pretty hard. He was poor and didn’t have enough money for food. His coach tried to help him and always invited him for a supper or something. The dream supporting Aldo in those years was “my own house”. The king of MMA is married to Viviane “Sucuri” Pereira, a bodied girl who has a purple belt in jiu–jitsu. She took part in different Brazilian championships: ASPERA Fighting Championship, Bitetti Combat, LIMO Fight Combat, etc. Viviane is now competing in Strawweight division (the Invicta Fighting Championships). The couple has a daughter who was born in 2012.
Jose Aldo’s Numerous Defeats
In 2015, Jose experienced several mishaps. He entered the cage as the first rating number, regardless of weight, ready to teach the insolent fighter Conor McGregor (also known as “Notorious”), but failed 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 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 lbs.
Not getting revenge with “Mystic Mac” Jose Aldo agreed to confirm the belt with the formidable Max Holloway, however, the Brazilian legend lost in the 3rd round. But the saddest thing was that many people refused to recognize Aldo a champion in the period between battles with Edgar and Holloway. They charged him with giving the belt to the “Notorious” without any support and then took him to the custody before a candidate arrived. On December 3, 2017, Jose Aldo planned to fully pay off his fate for everything that had happened for the last period.
Unfortunately, he didn’t succeed. Ex-division champion Jose Aldo turned weaker that the current champion Max “Blessed” Holloway who dragged Aldo into a dangerous fight. Max, featuring advantage in size, technique and composure, constantly won. The 3rd round turned into an agony – unsteady Aldo desperately hammered through the air, and Holloway inflicted 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, Interned resources showed that Jose was upset that he hadn’t managed to rematch with Conor McGregor on the UFC 200. He accused Conor McGregor of using banned substances. He also wondered why no one had tested Conor for the presence of prohibited medicaments in his blood. 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 in abusing anabolic steroids. He didn’t name particular medications Jose used, but he also noted that recently Jose “had looked deflated.” Many forumers on Sherdog advocated “Junior”, writing that “Rogan is very biased and attention-hungry”, “He’s in the entertainment business. Nuff said..” However, there was an opinion that everybody in this sport is on “juice”, this is a “mosquito” of MMA. Fighters usually take Anavar, Winstrol, Boldenone, Halotestin, and Ostarine (a SARM).