Everything You Need to Know About Jose Aldo’s Tattoo and the Meaning Behind It

Published 08/03/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Jose Aldo is all set to enter his 37th professional MMA fight this weekend. The veteran fighter will face Pedro Munhoz at the UFC 265 event. ‘Junior’ is coming into the fight on the back of a singular victory after 3 losses. Therefore, the fighter would look to win this fight and continue the winning momentum.

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Because of his incredible MMA record, many people often consider Aldo to be the greatest Featherweight fighter in the world. The former 3-time UFC featherweight champion was also the fourth and final WEC Featherweight champion.

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Currently, the fighter has an incredible MMA record of (29-7) and is No.5 in the UFC bantamweight rankings. As Aldo has not been in great form recently, many believe his fight against Munhoz is his last opportunity to prove that he is still among the top UFC fighters.

While Aldo is deservedly known for his fighting talent, there is something else about the fighter that catches the eye whenever you see him. That thing is the tattoo that Aldo has on his left shoulder.

What does Jose Aldo’s tattoo signify?

Whenever one sees Aldo, the thing that first catches their eye is the tattoo that the fighter has on his left shoulder. Many people have various tattoos inked on their body and most of them mean something to the individual. Most tattoos signify something that is very important to the person, while others have different reasons behind the same.

The tattoo that Aldo has on his shoulder is pretty interesting. ‘Junior’ has a cross cum tombstone along with multiple skulls inked on its base. Aldo once talked about what the tattoo means. He said that the skulls represent the enemies he has beaten in his fights. The fighter claimed that he keeps adding a new skull whenever he beats an opponent.

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At the bottom of the tattoo, there are some words written inside a banner. Those words actually mean Jose Aldo’s name written in Japanese letters. Therefore, it is clear that the tattoo means a lot to Aldo and is something very personal to him.

Jose Aldo and his disappearing tattoo at UFC Fight Night 183

When Jose Aldo faced Marlon Vera at the UFC Fight Night 183 event, Aldo had a new tattoo on his chest. Aldo was coming into the fight on the back of three successive losses and needed to win the fight desperately. Although the focus was still on the new ink Aldo had on his chest and how it disappeared after the fight.

‘Junior’ did not have that tattoo when he stepped up for the weigh-ins ahead of his fight with Vera. However, before the start of the fight, Aldo was seen sporting the new ink. What confused people was that the tattoo almost disappeared till the end of the fight.

After the fight, Aldo was quizzed about the same. He said, “The truth, I didn’t know if I needed permission because it’s the Navy Seals. I put it there in the hotel before I came here, and I warmed up for three hours without a shirt.”

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“Nobody told me anything. I don’t think it’s a problem because it doesn’t have any sponsor information. If I caused any problems, I apologize.” The tattoo was a way of Aldo honoring the Brazilian Navy Seals during his fight.

Now as Aldo prepares to take on Munhoz, will we see him add another skull to his tattoo?

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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