Sunday 15 September 2019

Jose Aldo makes Forbes 30-under-30 list for sport but no room for Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor, left, knocks out Jose Aldo during their UFC featherweight title bout at UFC 194
Conor McGregor, left, knocks out Jose Aldo during their UFC featherweight title bout at UFC 194 Newsdesk Newsdesk

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.

“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

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