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Aldo requests release from UFC or will retire

Jose Aldo is tired of the broken promises and the UFC giving preferential treatment to Conor McGregor and says he no longer wants to fight in the UFC or in MMA.

Jose Aldo is tired of the broken promises and the UFC giving preferential treatment to Conor McGregor and says he no longer wants to fight in the UFC or in MMA.

Interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo is tired of the games the UFC is playing with the featherweight division and its titles. With the news that Conor McGregor will fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205, instead of Aldo for the unified belts, Aldo told media outlet Combate in Brazil he has asked for his release from the UFC or he will just retire from fighting, translated by

The UFC tried to offer Aldo a fight against Max Holloway or Anthony Pettis on the undercard of the Nov. 12 UFC 205 event in New York for the interim title instead when he says previously he was promised a rematch against McGregor or McGregor would be stripped of the belt and it would be given to Aldo as the full-time champion.

Aldo impressively rebounded from his loss to McGregor with a one-sided unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. Following the Nate Diaz rematch it was assumed McGregor would have to go back down to featherweight and defend his title against Aldo but the UFC’s quest to make the first-ever simultaneous two division champion continues.

When McGregor first announced his intentions to hold multiple belts Dana White spoke out against the idea because he feared he would not be active enough in the divisions to be champion. However, White’s tune quickly changed. The UFC booked McGregor for a lightweight title fight in March. When Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of the fight with an injury and McGregor was booked against Diaz at welterweight, White even mentioned the possibility of McGregor holding three titles at one point. The Alvarez fight would be third-straight fight for McGregor outside of the division he holds a strap for.

At this point, Aldo is just tired to hearing excused of why he is not getting a rematch against McGregor and doesn’t want to deal with it any more. He said he is not going to have his career dictated by McGregor. Aldo also told Combate he proposed a bout against Anthony Pettis at 155 pounds for the lightweight title but the UFC denied it and said he would have to give up his featherweight belt to do it. It’s a double-standard and inconsistency that is something else Aldo does not deal with any more.

White has said that McGregor would have to relinquish one of the belts should he beat Alvarez at UFC 205. White also said that he would try to talk to Aldo to try to calm him down, but Aldo said that if the UFC did not want to release he would just retire. An irritated Aldo went as far to say to Combate that he is “not a whore” fighting only for money and that everything he has done has been with his hard work, not handouts like McGregor has gotten. He told them he doesn’t “even want to fight MMA. I want to follow a career in another sport.”

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