Jose Aldo and his legions of fans maybe going through a bit of a rough patch right now, but Forbes Magazine has announced some news which should prompt some smiles in that camp.
Recently the publication unveiled its “30 Under 30” list for sports, which outlines its choices for the most influential competitors under 30 years-old. The only MMA fighter Forbes went with was Aldo, who the magazine credited for going ten years without a defeat. As you know, Aldo’s storied run as UFC featherweight champ came to a stunning halt last month, when Conor McGregor KO’d him in 13 seconds.
Well, since the list was posted, Aldo had this say about the honor via his Instagram account:
I have dreamed about a lot of things in my life. Being a champion in the fighting world, winning the belt and bein #1 pound for pound in the UFC, and as any brazilian, to play football in the Maracanã stadium. Thank God, I've been able to make these dreams come true. But I've never even tought of being in a Forbes list. This is why I'm so grateful and humbled for being selected as one of the most important people in the world under the age of 30. Being the only brazilian on the list and share this honour with other top notch athletes, like Steph Curry and Russel Wilson, feels amazing. I'm so glad that my career and my life story has inspired people not only in Brazil but in the whole world. I thank you for the support and I'm sure this is a good omen, because 2016 will be a year of glory and happiness. Let's go!
Even if you’re a huge McGregor booster, it’s hard to argue with Aldo’s inclusion here. Although the former champ may not be a household name in North America and Europe, he’s a huge deal in his native Brazil and throughout the combat sport’s world. The 29 year-old was the undisputed king for a very long time, and defended the 145 title nine times. So, to gloss over what he’s accomplished because he was taken out by McGregor would be ridiculous.
Now, whether you feel more MMA fighters should have been included on the list, well, that’s a separate argument (that should be had…).