José Aldo and his wife recently had a baby boy welcomed into the world… And it might’ve not happened if it hadn’t been for Dana White.
Aldo explained that this had happened when he was looking to ask for a UFC release, in order to compete in boxing.
Here’s what took place, as explained in his interview for MMA Fighting:
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. 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.
Aldo showed the message to his wife, Vivianne, who got emotional:
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 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.
He then explained how the doctors had to perform a premature birth, just 36 weeks into the pregnancy – which ended up being the right move and possibly saved their son’s life:
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.
I get emotional talking about it. Not that I owe him my son’s life; but it was after his message that got Vivianne emotional, her blood pressure going up, and we taking her to the hospital.
He was born with all odds against him, but thanks to Dana… God always puts good people in our lives to help us.