This Monday, Aldo (31-8 MMA, 13-7 UFC) declared his retirement from mixed martial arts. He also ended his contract with the UFC with one fight remaining. The loss to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 last month was his last.
Once the undisputed featherweight champion, Aldo ultimately left the UFC after a successful run at bantamweight, where he defeated notable opponents like Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz, and Rob Font. White has been impressed with Aldo's work and is glad to have him back in whatever form.
“We love him,” Dana White told reporters at a post-fight press conference.
“This will always be his house. I told him, ‘If you ever need anything here or you ever want to go to an event, this is always your house.’ This is a guy that, from the WEC to the UFC, helped build the sport, this brand and Brazil for us. So we love him, and we always will. He’s made a great life for himself down there, too, and done some great things and made a lot of money, and I couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”