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The King of Rio expected to make his professional boxing debut on February 10 in Brazil

The King of Rio returns to combat sports. Jose Aldo is anticipated to step into the ring for the first time as a professional boxer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on February 10th, 2023. Although the weight class and opponent, among other facts, have not yet been made public.

The boxing match will take place at Upper Arena, which doubles as Nova Uniao's training facility and the location of Shooto Brazil events in the area. The renowned UFC fighter, 36, has already been practicing with boxing experts at the Brazilian Navy in Rio de Janeiro well before saying farewell to MMA.

Aldo left mixed martial arts with a 31-8 record after falling to Merab Dvalishvili which also broke his 3-fight win streak in August 2022. The Brazilian legend still finds motivation in another fighting profession even despite having thrown in the towel in the octagon.

Aldo stated that despite the fact he was still bound by his contract with the UFC, President Dana White had pledged to give him the go-ahead to participate in any profession besides mixed martial arts. In October, Aldo said that his next step might be to compete in boxing on the podcast Trocaço Franca.

“It was always a dream I had in my life, I never hid that from anyone,” he said at the time. “It was always a dream. But let’s see. Everybody says I’m still young, that I have a few years [left].”

Although Jose Aldo has achieved a lot in mixed martial arts, he has a passion for combat sports outside of the octagon. The Brazilian has a strong following in his native land and is still four years away from turning 40 amid a long and illustrious stint. No one anticipates the former UFC champion competing for a world championship, but he might eventually enjoy a successful career similar to Anderson Silva.


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