Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo ready to walk out of his UFC contract as soon as possible.
José Aldo is the exceptional featherweight MMA fighter to date. Before his remarkable 13-second loss to Conor McGregor, he had the division on lockdown. The achievements of Jose Aldo speak for themselves. Aldo defended the WEC-turned-UFC belt nine times (twice in the WEC, with the remaining seven in the UFC).
Aldo has had a rough few years since losing to McGregor at UFC 194, and it appears that he’s looking to end his UFC contract as soon as possible according to his coach Andres Pederneiras. (speaking to Combate by way of MMA NYTT)
“We’re still talking to see how much [Jose Aldo] wants to keep fighting or not. I think Aldo’s career is a career that nobody can talk badly about. He can do whatever he wants. To retire, to continue, to make a superfight. He is thinking. He is a guy who has managed to make a lot of money over the course of his career and he can retire today without depending on anyone. He will never go hungry in his life. He invested his money, he knew how to save it. I’ve never heard him talk about stopping. I think Aldo has been at it for a long time, in a very continuous time. I think Aldo could take a vacation and feel that motivation to return. I already talked to him, but he wants to end the UFC contract as soon as possible.”
“With Conor [McGregor], it was a defeat, that firstly we did not expect, and secondly, the way it happened, it was so fast, we couldn’t show anything. One fighter threw, the other also threw, one hit the chin and the other the eyebrow and he had not lost in the UFC yet. The impact [on him] was very large. Losing at home was [also] very bad, in front of the crowd. They are similarly weighted losses. Aldo has wanted to do boxing for a long time. This happened for Conor, but this wasn’t of interest between us and the UFC. We had other issues that we went to Vegas to talk to Dana about. He asked to fight boxing, Dana denied and, later, Conor was fighting boxing. He did not have the thought he thought he might have. Months before he asked, the answer was no. Months later Conor manages to fight in boxing without problem and the UFC allowed it. Of course he has a lot of money involved and in his [Aldo’s] fight he would not, but not everything in life is money. He became quite unmotivated.”
— Jose Aldo Junior (@josealdojunior) October 6, 2017
Aldo was last seen in a rematch against Max Holloway, to whom he lost the featherweight title, and once again lost the bout via third-round KO at UFC On Fox 26 on December 16. Aldo riding back-to-back losses for the first time in his career against Holloway.
Aldo’s coach also revealed that he wanted to do the boxing for a long time, so we approached UFC brass Dana White, but he rejected our request. Regardless of his MMA career, if boxing is his new path no matter what, his MMA fans sure will follow him.
He hopes the world will remember Aldo for his achievements, even if his championship days are behind him.
Aldo’s current situation leaves him with some decisions to make about his goals in the combat sport and how he can go about achieving them.