Jose Aldo Wants His Release From The UFC Following UFC 205 Presser

Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo

Following the massive UFC 205 press conference today in New York City featuring headliners Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo has requested to be released from the UFC.

Clearly upset with the promotion for not honoring him a deserved rematch with McGregor, Aldo wants out and no longer believes in UFC president Dana White after being “fooled” many times.

Aldo said,

Conor himself said before that he wouldn’t give his belt away by any chance and nobody would take it away from him. After all this, I see I can’t trust any word from President Dana White, and who’s in charge of the promotion now is Conor McGregor. Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC. When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz. After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.

On Tuesday, White stated that McGregor would have to vacate one of the two belts if he beats Alvarez on November 12 in NYC, but Aldo doesn’t believe a word.

I don’t believe in Dana saying that Conor would have to vacate one of the belts after UFC 205 because, based on what we’re seeing, this type of decision is not in his hands anymore, Conor makes the calls now. And the biggest proof that who’s in charge in the UFC now is Conor is that when I wanted to move up to fight Pettis, they said I’d have to vacate my belt and try this fight with no title whatsoever. But with him, they let him move up to the division above without losing his belt, and also let him do any fight he wants. I understand that he sells a lot, but it gets to a limit when it’s no longer a sport, it becomes a circus. I don’t want any type of fight with the UFC. The only thing I want is to go on with my life, and they will go on with theirs.

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