Jose Aldo was promised a Conor McGregor rematch, and now that he’s not getting it at UFC 205, the former featherweight champ says he wants out.
UFC president Dana White originally said that McGregor would be required to come back down to 145-pounds to defend the featherweight championship after his entertaining battles with Nate Diaz at 170-lbs. White backtracked on those demands this week when he confirmed that McGregor would fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight (155-pounds) title at UFC 205 in November. Now Aldo feels like he is being ignored and went on a lengthy rant attacking White for allowing McGregor to call the shots and ultimately asking for his release from the UFC.
“After all this, I see I can’t trust any word from president Dana White, and who’s in charge of the promotion now is Conor McGregor,” Aldo said in an interview with Brazilian news outlet Combate, translated by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC.”
“When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz. After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.”
McGregor knocked Aldo out in just 13 seconds last December, but it was Aldo’s first loss in 10 years. Logic would dictate that Aldo is worthy of a rematch, but McGregor has frequently said he’s not interested in another fight against an opponent he beat so quickly. Meanwhile, Aldo has won the interim featherweight championship while McGregor was off having a feud with Nate Diaz at welterweight.
Aldo wants White to keep his promise that McGregor would be stripped of the featherweight belt if he didn’t come back down to defend it.
“I don’t believe in Dana saying that Conor would have to vacate one of the belts after UFC 205 because, based on what we’re seeing, this type of decision is not in his hands anymore, Conor makes the calls now,” Aldo said. “And the biggest proof that who’s in charge in the UFC now is Conor is that when I wanted to move up to fight Pettis, they said I’d have to vacate my belt and try this fight with no title whatsoever.”
“But with him, they let him move up to the division above without losing his belt, and also let him do any fight he wants. I understand that he sells a lot, but it gets to a limit when it’s no longer a sport, it becomes a circus. I don’t want any type of fight with the UFC. The only thing I want is to go on with my life, and they will go on with theirs.”
Aldo also mentioned that he would be willing to quite the sport of mixed martial arts entirely and just move on to something else. White hasn’t said much in response to Aldo’s comments, other than promising to call and work things out.