José Aldo (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʒoˈzɛ ˈawdu]; born September 9, 1986) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist, who competes as a featherweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Aldo was the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion and thus, was awarded the UFC Featherweight Championship during the UFC/WEC merger. He was named Sherdog's 2009 Fighter of the Year. As of January 17, 2014, he is #2 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings and ranked the #1 featherweight in the world by Sherdog. Aldo is primarily a Muay Thai striker and has won the majority of his fights by KO/TKO.