So far, there are no signs that Jose Aldo is going to budge.
Last week, after it was revealed that his old foe Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November, Aldo publicly requested a release from his UFC contract and stated that he intended to retire from the sport of MMA altogether.
The Brazilian claimed that he could no longer trust UFC president Dana White. After all that has happened this year, one could understand the former featherweight champion’s attitude.
Time and again, White said that the weight-hopping McGregor would have to defend the title that he ripped from Aldo, or relinquish it. Jose, having beaten Frankie Edgar for an interim belt at UFC 200 in July, was next in line.
However, ‘The Notorious’ one’s drawing power and resultant sway within the company has allowed him to maintain his tight grasp on the gold, though by the time UFC 205 rolls around, eleven months will have passed since he won it, without a single defence taking place in that time.
White has gone on record, with Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate, in saying that the promotion will not honour Aldo’s request for a release. Dana added that he believes Aldo can be appeased.
But the the 30-year-old veteran says otherwise.
In a recent interview with SporTV in Brazil, Aldo said nothing could now lure him back into the fold. Surely a fight with McGregor might prove tempting. No?
“No. Not even that,” said Aldo. “If anything, that should have been what happened. This fight is the fight that should have been made as the next fight at 145[lbs].
“I earned this. I earned this since I first arrived at UFC. Because I’ve seen other champions losing and getting immediate rematches. But, in my case, they made me fight for the interim belt instead. I did it, and I won. And even now, I don’t have any perspective for my future.
“So for me, not even a fight against McGregor. I don’t care if he is fighting someone else. I couldn’t care less how he manages his career. I want to follow my own path. So the only way for them to make things right with me, is by releasing me.”