UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo has singled himself at as one of the supreme scrappers in Mixed Martial Arts over a career during which he’s compiled a 22-1 record including wins over Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson, Kenny Florian, and Frankie Edgar. Still, the 26-year old has remained humble in the face of greatness, giving credit to the people close to him where his ascension to elite territory is concerned.

“One of the fundamental factors of my success is my team. My team is an essential pillar of my career,” said Aldo in a recent interview with the UFC, explaining his squad extends beyond the crew of competitors at Nova Uniao. “I have a team behind me, supporting me in both good times and bad. Anything I go through I always have my professor Andre Pederneiras by my side. My wife has also been an air balloon in my life. Since I’ve been with her, I’ve only gone up.”

Aldo will put his belt on the line against Chan Sung Jung this Saturday night at UFC 163. With the event taking place in Brazil, “Scarface” is doing well when it comes to dealing with the added pressure of competing in front of his countrymen, extending the spirit of kinship beyond the walls of his gym.

“The expectations are high fighting in Rio one more time. It is always special. Fighting at home with the fans’ support, family and friends watching. To have everyone together makes it special,” he concluded.

The complete interview with Aldo can be seen below: