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Jose Aldo Reveals How A Text From Dana White Helped Save His Son’s Life

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Saikat Banerjee
Saikat Banerjee
A wordsmith who indulges in the world of combat sports, Saikat Banerjee is an MMA, boxing, and arm wrestling content writer at The MMA India Show and The Sports Room. Apart from combat sports, he also engages in Indian sports content at The Sports India Show. Currently pursuing an MBA from Jadavpur University, Saikat's other interests lie in motorcycling, working out, and travelling.
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Jose Aldo, the former UFC Featherweight Champion and now-retired mixed martial arts legend, has revealed an interesting account of how a text message from the organization’s president became a life-saver for his little son.

Dana White has great affection for me and my family: Jose Aldo

Aldo, the fourth and final WEC Featherweight Champion as well as the inaugural UFC featherweight champion following the UFC-WEC merger in 2010, announced his retirement from the sport last month.

“Junior” had sent a message to Dana White to inform him of his retirement from MMA when he had one fight left on his contract with the UFC, along with noting his intention to enter boxing.

However, the 36-year-old Brazilian had no idea that the company president’s response was going to help save his son’s life, as Aldo’s then pregnant wife, who was at the hospital with high blood pressure, got emotional from White’s text.

“A friend of mine was looking into some boxing things for me and said I needed to prepare a statement saying he could consult the UFC,” Aldo revealed to MMA Fighting‘s Trocação Franca. “I did that and texted Dana on Thursday, and Dana wrote me back thanking me for everything, saying the UFC was always open for me, the [Performance Institute] and everything I needed. He has great affection for me and my family, he was always very close to us.

“After that emotional message – it wasn’t a boss talking to his employee, it was two people that like each other –, I showed it to [my wife] Vivianne. She was still pregnant at the time and got emotional. Her blood pressure went up and we had to go to the hospital. She [went back for some tests and] was admitted to the hospital on Friday. She had preeclampsia and [the blood pressure] went up after Dana’s message.”

“The actual birth was really crazy. It looked like everything would go wrong. He was born with a true knot [in his umbilical cord], and if we had waited two more weeks, I wouldn’t be at home with little Aldo here,” he added.

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