Jose Aldo makes Forbes 30-under-30 list for sport but no room for Conor McGregor
Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been included in Forbes 30-under-30 list for sport despite relinquishing his crown to Ireland's Conor McGregor in 13 seconds last month at UFC 194.
The 27-year-old Crumlin fighter is omitted from the list, which has included UFC stars like Ronda Rousey and Jon Jones in the past, despite a sensational 2015 which saw him defeat Denis Siver, Chad Mendes and Aldo on the way to becoming the most marketable name in Mixed Martial Arts.
The panel of judges who compiled the list included New York Knicks player Carmelo Anthony, Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Boston Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs.
Explaining the reasoning behind their decision, Forbes wrote: “Even with his UFC 194 loss, Aldo would still make any comprehensive list of great UFC fighters.
“He was the defending featherweight UFC champion and was ranked No. 1 in official UFC pound-for-pound rankings. He also went a decade without losing a match since 2005 and reigned as a world champion for six years.”
Reflecting on the award on Instagram, Aldo wrote: “I’ve never even thought of being in a Forbes list. 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.
I have dreamed about a lot of things in my life. Being a champion in the fighting world, winning the belt and bein #1 pound for pound in the UFC, and as any brazilian, to play football in the Maracanã stadium. Thank God, I've been able to make these dreams come true. But I've never even tought of being in a Forbes list. 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 share this honour with other top notch athletes, like Steph Curry and Russel 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!
“Being the only Brazilian on the list and to share this honour with other top notch athletes, like Steph 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!”
2016 Forbes 30 Under 30: Sports
Stephen Curry, Basketball
Sergio Aguero, Football
Jose Aldo, MMA
Christine Baugh, Harvard Ph.D candidate
Jamie Benn, Ice Hockey
Antonio Brown, American Football
Madison Bumgarner, Baseball
Mark Burns, CSE talent marketing executive
Adrian Clark, AC Sports Management owner
Borna Coric, Tennis
Mo’ne Davis, Baseball
Jacob deGrom, Baseball
Vicente Fernandes, Sportsmanias co-founder
Brian Heimerdinger, New York Jets director of scouting
Noel Hollingsworth, Second Spectrum director of data
Josh Kahn, Chicago Bulls senior creative producer
Allie LaForce, CBS Sports reporter
Katie Ledecky, Swimming,
Damien Lillard, Basketball
Stephen Nelson, Bleacher Report host
Cam Newton, American Football
Jasmine Ng, Sports Agent Adviser, Next Level Combines
Whitney Ping, US Olympic Committee director
Tyler Seguin, Ice Hockey
Ryan Sheckler, Skateboarding
Ashima Shiraishi, Rock Climbing
Jordan Spieth, Golf
Eric Waller, SeatGeek co-founder
Russell Westbrook, Basketball
Russell Wilson, American Football