Despite losing the UFC featherweight title, Aldo has been named in the Forbes magazine’s ’30 under 30′ list.
Aldo, 29, is the only mixed martial artist to figure in the magazine’s annual list of sports segment.
Mail Online reports the magazine quoting: “Even with his UFC 194 loss, Aldo would still make any comprehensive list of great UFC fighters.”
“He was the defending featherweight champion and was ranked No 1 in the official pound-for-pound rankings.”
“He also went a decade without losing a match since 2005 and reigned as a world champion for six years.”
The news could not be more appropriate for Jose Aldo who is nursing himself from the loss and trying to distract himself by playing at charity football matches.
Overwhelmed to see his name in the list, Mail Online reports Aldo saying, “I have dreamed about a lot of things in my life. Being a champion in the fighting world, winning the belt and being No 1 pound-for-pound in the UFC, and as any Brazilian, to play football in the Maracana stadium.”
“Thank God, I’ve been able to make these dreams come true. But I’ve never even thought of being in a Forbes list,” Aldo added.
“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 to share this honour with other top notch athletes, like Stephen Curry and Russell 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!”
Stephen Curry and Cam Newton too figures in the list.