Jose Aldo retires from UFC  After a "legendary career," 36-year-old 

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After nearly two decades in the cage, the "King of Rio" has decided it's time to take a break.

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Jose Aldo has retired from MMA. With his coach, Andres Pederneiras, the 36-year-old was given his release from his UFC contract, anticipating it to be the end of his illustrious career.

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On Sunday afternoon, the UFC appeared to confirm Aldo's retirement from mixed martial arts in a tweet. The first media outlets to report the news were ESPN and Combate in Brazil.

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Although he shared a photo of himself and his wife celebrating the birth of their child on social media, Aldo has not yet made a statement regarding the situation.

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On Sunday, Aldo was dropped from the fighter rankings, indicating that he was no longer part of the active roster.

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When he debuted with WEC in 2008, the "King of Rio" had one of the best runs in all of MMA.

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When WEC was merged into the organisation, he continued his reign as featherweight champion and won 15 matches in a row.

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During that stretch, he defeated Chad Mendes (twice), Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson, Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, and the "Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung.

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Aldo recovered from a shocking 13-second knockout loss to Conor McGregor in 2015 by defeating Edgar twice to take the interim featherweight title.

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