I figure Brazil must have a lot of rags to riches stories, just based on the fact that so many people start out in rags. But Jose Aldo’s success story is so impressive, they’re preparing to make a film about his life:
The life-journey of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is like something out of a Hollywood movie and surely deserves a spot on the big screen. No surprise then that film director director Afont Poyart is making the final adjustments to a script before starting to film a movie about Aldo very soon.
Aldo left Manaus [the Amazon region’s capital city] to pursue his dream of becoming a professional fighter. He landed in Rio de Janeiro with only a back-pack and ended up at Nova Uniao, the team that houses some of the best lighter-weight fighters in the world.
Among the difficulties endured by Aldo were his father’s issues with alcohol addiction, the days he lived in the old building that doubled as a gym and his subsequent move to the slums where team mate Hacran Dias let him spend time before his fights in order to sleep some nights in a real bed.
If this was being in America, Jose would be played by a six foot tall dude with tribal tattoos and a lantern jaw to the soundtrack of Disturbed, Slipknot, and Limp Bizkit. But since this is a Brazilian joint, who knows how it’s going to turn out? Maybe it’ll look like a cheap soap opera. Or it could ends up being half as cool as Elite Squad, the movie about that paramilitary cop squad Paulo Thiago is a part of. Maybe it can be a little of both.