Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo Jr. lost his UFC featherweight title against arch nemesis Conor McGregor last December in just 13 seconds, but has landed on the Forbes top 30 under 30 2016 list.
Here’s the criteria:
From an initial screening list of more than 15,000 of the best of the best, the 600 women and men featured in the Forbes fifth annual 30 Under 30 are America’s most important young entrepreneurs, creative leaders and brightest stars. Name a business sector, social issue or essential institution, they are taking it on and changing the rules of the game– or creating entirely new playbooks.
Aldo (25-2) was the reigning UFC featherweight champion since 2011 and defended the belt a record seven times.
“Even with the UFC 194 loss, Aldo would still make any comprehensive list of great UFC fighters. He was the defending featherweight UFC champion and was ranked #1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings. He also went a decade without losing a match since 2005 and reigned as a world champion for six years,” according to the Forbes article.
Aldo will not turn 30 years old until September 9 later this year.
Interestingly enough, despite his dominance, Aldo has not become huge star in the sport of MMA United States. However, he is well respected in his native Brazil.
Aldo is asking for a immediate rematch against McGregor, but the UFC has yet to announce if they’ll grant that wish.
Other notable athletes to make the list are Stephen Curry (NBA), Antonio Brown (NFL), Madison Bumgarner (MLB), Mo’ne Davis (Little League pitcher), Borna Coric (Tennis), and Jamie Benn (NHL).