jose aldo in crowd at ufc 142

Jose Aldo Scouting Report

Jose Aldo Scouting Report

Jose Aldo Scouting Report


5’7″ 145 lbs (Featherweight)
70″ reach, Orthodox
September 9, 1986


26-2 (UFC: 8-1)

Current Streak

1 straight win


Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Championships Held

WEC Featherweight Champion: 2009-2010 (two successful title defenses)
UFC Featherweight Champion: 2010 – 2015 (seven successful title defenses)
Interim UFC Featherweight Champion: 2016-present (no title defenses)



– dynamic, explosive, extremely dangerous striker
– very powerful hitter (hands, knees, feet)
– crippling leg kicks
– unorthodox strikes
– very quick with his striking
– swarms opponent when senses an opening
– very athletic
– extremely experienced, yet still in his prime
– very well coached
– good on the ground (although doesn’t utilize it often)
– excellent striking defense
– lands almost twice as many significant strikes as he absorbs
– almost impenetrable takedown defense
– also very solid takedown accuracy
– big enough to fight in higher weight classes
– finishes fights
– is almost impossible to finish



– not much clinch game
– some question his cardio
– doesn’t spend much time on the ground
– can be submitted
– hasn’t faced much adversity in the cage/ring
– goes through a difficult weight cut to get to featherweight
– effort level fluctuates
– can be knocked out
– has shown mind games can get to him
– has been injury prone throughout his career



The champ is dead.  Long live the champ.


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