It looks like retirement will have to wait for Jose Aldo.
The current interim UFC featherweight champion has made his stance with the promotion clear over the past number of weeks due to unfair treatment, requesting to be released from his contract and bow out of the sport to focus on other ventures.
As we know, the UFC brass didn’t budge and despite the Brazilian threatening to enter legal proceedings with the now WME-IMG-owned organisation, they still refused to release the 30-year-old from his contract.
Speaking with Combate (via MMA Mania) recently, Aldo’s head coach Andre Pederneiras admitted that Aldo would most likely have to fight again with the UFC unwilling to part ways, with the outcome of future fights determining who, when, and where.
“Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there’s Conor’s decision, too. We can only know what’s going to happen after that,” Pederneiras said.
“Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that.
“There’s no choice but to fight. It’ll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don’t know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him.
“They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four-month break.”
Aldo lost his featherweight crown to McGregor earlier this year at UFC 194, succumbing to the Irishman’s laser accurate left hand only 13 seconds into the first round.
Despite suffering his first loss inside the octagon, Aldo bounced back at UFC 200 by defeating Frankie Edgar and becoming the interim featherweight champion. However, with McGregor set to face Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205 later this month, it puts the 145-pound division on ice.
With Holloway and Pettis currently booked to face each other and Aldo only fresh from beating Edgar, the Brazilian is also short of opponents for an interim title defence.
Needless to say, the aftermath of UFC 205 will determine Aldo’s future path, be it a rematch against McGregor himself, or the title falling into his hand if the Dubliner decides to vacate it and continue fighting at 155 pounds.
James McDonald, Pundit Arena