Lost in the hoopla of Saturday’s “UFC 123: Rampage vs. Machida” event was the fact Jose Also was officially awarded his UFC featherweight title earlier in the day.
Prior to the curtain being drawn inside The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, UFC president Dana White handed Aldo the bling-bling belt in a quiet ceremony inside the Octagon.
“This kid could be a huge star,” White previously stated. “[Aldo’s] finally on the biggest stage in the world now.”
Immediately after Zuffa LLC announced it would merge their two organizations to form one powerhouse banner, company brass said the FORMER WEC featherweight king would receive an automatic promotion.
Aldo owns a dominant 18-1 professional record and posted a perfect 8-0 mark in the WEC en route to capturing the hardware.
Although White may have TECHNICALLY just become Aldo’s direct supervisor, it didn’t stop him from assigning the planet’s baddest 145-pounder his first assignment.
The blazin’ Brazilian will break in his freshly minted belt at UFC 125 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Josh Grispi will be his New Year’s Day date.