Jose Aldo explains the mystery behind his disappearing tattoo at UFC Fight Night 183
Fans were left puzzled
Jose Aldo has explained the mystery behind his 'disappearing tattoo' displayed at the recent UFC Fight Night 183.
When Aldo took to the octagon for his bantamweight clash with Marlon Vera, he looked to be sporting a brand new chest tattoo.
However, by the time the fight had finished - and Aldo had picked up the win - the tattoo was nowhere to be seen. Just what had gone on?
After the event, Aldo explained.
Speaking to the media via a translator, the Brazilian said: "The truth, I didn't know if I needed permission because it's the Navy Seals, and I put it there in the hotel before I came here, and I warmed up for three hours without a shirt.
"Nobody told me anything. I don't think it's a problem because it doesn't have any sponsor information. If I caused any problems, I apologise."
It appears that Jose Aldo's tattoo was temporary, and was intended to pay homage to Brazil's Navy Seals. The tattoo depicted a logo supporting a special forces unit attached to the Brazilian Navy, whom Aldo has spent some time training with in the past.
The tattoo could have landed him in hot water, however.
Unapproved body art is a potential violation of the UFC's Promotional Guidelines Compliance policy. In his statement, however, Aldo said he didn't think it was an issue as it didn't denote any sponsor information. He has subsequently apologised for any problems associated with the tattoo.
Aldo's win over Marlon Vera ended a three-fight losing streak, and was the 34-year-old's first victory at bantamweight level.
After picking up the win, Aldo called out T.J. Dillashaw, who is currently serving a suspension. He said he doesn't have a personal problem with Dillashaw, but the fans need to see the two together in the octagon.
Aldo said: "I don't have anything personal with T.J. I just want to make great fights for the fans. I think T.J. is a great former champion, and I think this fight makes sense for everybody."
I heard everyone is calling me out, cause they all know that’s my belt 🥱 @ufc
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) December 20, 2020
Dillashaw responded on Twitter. He is set to return in January, 2021, following a two-year ban for testing positive for EPO.