Aldo has all but cleared out the featherweight division and will come one step closer to unquestionably accomplishing the feat if he takes out Ricardo Lamas in early 2014. Without question, Aldo has already beaten the best of the best – names like Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, and Frankie Edgar – and been dominant in doing so. With eyes on a run at lightweight, Aldo could end up a double-division champ before the end of next year. If that goes down, there’s no reason for him to keep going through the grind of fighting professionally because he will have truly achieved everything a competitor could hope to in the sport of MMA.
UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones recently turned heads by revealing he hoped to hang his gloves up by the time he turns 30. According to the 26-year old title-holder, he already has enough money to retire if so desired and also wants to leave his reputation relatively untarnished. Jones’ interest in preserving his legacy, as well as his health, makes sense given his accomplishments thus far in the Octagon. In fact, there are a handful of other fighters who should consider the same strategy where their careers are concerned… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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