Following the announcement that Conor McGregor will jump up to 155 pounds and face Eddie Alvarez this November, current interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo has finally had enough and subsequently has asked for his release from the UFC.
The tipping point for Aldo was the revelation that McGregor will not be stripped of his 145-pound belt – the one he lost to McGregor in December last year, and one the brash Dubliner has yet to defend.
Despite Aldo defeating Frankie Edgar and snatching the interim belt at UFC 200 this past July, the featherweight division has been on ice and the Brazilian sees no reason to stick around.
“Jose Aldo and I will get together, probably next week, and we’ll talk about this.
“I think he’s being a little ridiculous about this. I’ll get him a fight. I’ll get him a fight all day long.
“If you look at that division (145 pounds), it’s stacked,” White continued.
“Holloway’s ready, he wants to fight. Anthony Pettis is in that division now. There’s a lot of talented guys there that he can fight. I can’t make Conor McGregor fight anybody.”
As it stands, Aldo is already in position for a featherweight title fight with the interim belt around his waist, with the outcome of McGregor’s lightweight title showdown with Alvarez at UFC 205 possibly freeing the featherweight belt.
Flip the coin and McGregor could see himself inside the octagon with Aldo once again, defending the 145-pound belt. However, that doesn’t sound as lucrative a second time around given how short their first encounter was.
Needless to say, there are bridges between the UFC and Aldo that need fixing, sooner rather than later.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena