Jose Aldo Reflects on Future After Triumph at UFC 301

"Aldo's victory sparks talk of a title comeback."


Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo made a triumphant return to the octagon at UFC 301 in Brazil. At 37, Aldo faced off against top-ranked UFC talent Jonathan Martinez in the co-main event of the evening. After three hard-fought rounds, Aldo emerged victorious by unanimous decision.

Aldo’s First Victory Since 2021

The win against Martinez marked Jose Aldo’s first UFC victory since 2021 when he defeated UFC veteran Rob Font at UFC Vegas 44 by unanimous decision. Despite not competing in the UFC since 2022, Aldo has stayed active, participating in several boxing matches, most recently securing a decision win over Brazilian boxer Esteban Gabriel Espindola.

Aldo’s Post-Fight Statement

In the post-fight press conference, Aldo spoke about his future in the UFC: “I am so happy. I know everyone wanted to see this. I could not even imagine this in my wildest dreams. I’ve been active in boxing, which kept me in shape. I managed to land several good punches today. My next step is to sit down with Dana, Sean (Shelby), and Hunter (Campbell) to see what’s next. I said before that this wasn’t my last fight. Maybe I can come back and become a champion again.”

UFC 301 Full Results

  • Flyweight Title Match: Alexandre Pantoja defeats Steve Erceg by unanimous decision (48–47, 48–47, 49–46)
  • Bantamweight: José Aldo defeats Jonathan Martinez by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Light Heavyweight: Anthony Smith defeats Vitor Petrino via submission (guillotine) in Round 1 at 2:00 PM EST
  • Middleweight: Michel Pereira defeats Ihor Potieria via submission (guillotine) in Round 1 at 0:54 PM EST
  • Middleweight: Caio Borralho knocks out Paul Craig in Round 2 at 2:10 PM EST


Undercard Highlights

  • Featherweight: Joanderson Brito defeats Jack Shore via TKO (doctor stoppage) in Round 2 at 3:35 PM EST
  • Women’s Strawweight: Iasmin Lucindo defeats Karolina Kowalkiewicz by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Lightweight: Myktybek Orolbai defeats Elves Brener by unanimous decision (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)
  • Lightweight: Drakkar Klose defeats Joaquim Silva by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Early Prelims
  • Lightweight: Maurício Ruffy defeats Jamie Mullarkey via TKO (punches) in Round 1 at 4:42 PM EST
  • Women’s Flyweight: Dione Barbosa defeats Ernesta Kareckaite by unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
  • Lightweight: Ismael Bonfim defeats Vinc Pichel by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27)
  • Flyweight: Alessandro Costa defeats Kevin Borjas via TKO (punches) in Round 2 at 1:35 PM EST

Closing Remarks

Jose Aldo’s victory at UFC 301 has reignited talks of a potential title run, and his statements post-fight reflect a fighter not ready to hang up his gloves. The MMA community eagerly awaits his next steps, possibly towards reclaiming his title as the king of the featherweights.

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