On Tuesday evening, the news broke that Jose Aldo had asked to be released from his UFC contract. However, things seem to have gotten worse rather than better in the hours since.
After the epic UFC 205 press conference in New York that saw Conor McGregor putting on yet another verbal masterclass, Dana White quickly moved to resolve the Jose Aldo situation by telling Combate TV that he would find a solution with the interim featherweight champion.
However, immediately after Dana finished his short interview, Aldo called the TV station and announced that he simply wanted the UFC President to leave him alone.
In making his position clear, Aldo stated that he not only wishes to be released from the UFC, he wants to retire from MMA permanently.
“Not even fight MMA, too. It has reached a limit now. I talked to ‘Dede’ a long time ago and he convinced me to continue. I went to the Frankie Edgar fight and won. I fought to win for ‘Dede’. I’m not angry or upset now, nothing. I never fought for money, I had a good career and legacy as featherweight champion.
“If [Dana] likes me and my family, I just hope he releases me. I don’t want a fight. I want to leave as I came in. The UFC and WEC didn’t give me anything. Everything I conquered was my merit and from my team. Nobody gave me anything. I conquered everything. And I gave them a lot more than they gave me back. I just want them to release me from my contract. I’m not a whore to sell myself [for money].
“I don’t even want to fight MMA. I want to follow a career in another sport. That’s what I want.”