Jose Aldo on Saturday officially became the first-ever UFC featherweight champion.
UFC president Dana White awarded Aldo his belt at a ceremony in the Octagon on Saturday afternoon in Detroit before members of the media.
Aldo blasted his way to the WEC featherweight championship in his sixth fight for the promotion, knocking out all six of his opponents. He never lost a fight under the World Extreme Cagefighting banner, two defenses of the belt upping his record in the promotion to 7-0. He has an overall professional record of 18-1.
He recently was offered a fight with Kenny Florian in the UFC lightweight division, but declined. Soon after, parent company Zuffa LLC announced that the WEC would fold into the UFC, making Aldo the promotion’s first featherweight titleholder.
Aldo makes the first defense of his newly minted belt in the co-main event of UFC 125 on New Year’s Day. Frankie Edgar defends his lightweight strap in the main event against Gray Maynard.