While the UFC are on the verge of making history when Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez headline the November 12 event at Madison Square Garden, the news has been overshadowed by Jose Aldo’s stubbornness.
You can understand his frustration; he wants to right the wrong that occurred last year when he lost his featherweight crown to McGregor in 13 seconds. This is backed up by the fact that the Irishman was handed an immediate rematch after losing to Nate Diaz earlier this year.
ALDO WANTS OUT
Now that Dana White has announced a lightweight title fight between Alvarez and McGregor for UFC 205, Aldo wants the organisation to release him from his contract and if they don’t, he claims he’ll retire from the sport.
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Fighters haven’t always had great success when taking them to court, but this doesn’t seem to be stopping Aldo. His coach spoke to Combate, revealing his team's desire to take them to court which has been translated by MMAFighting.
He said: “I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue.
“The contract we have in the UFC, ‘boss I want to leave,’ the answer is ‘no, you’ll be stuck with me, you might not do anything, but you can’t leave here.’ Is that something nice? I think it creates dissatisfaction, and he will want to go to court. He would have to go to court to cut this contract.”
HOPING TO WORK THINGS OUT
Things took another interesting turn following the news that Aldo wants out, White was speaking to Revista Combate and told them that he’s confident they can work something out.
He said: “We won’t cancel his contract. We know he got very emotional. We respect Jose Aldo very much. We care for the people around him.
“Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted a fight on the card, and we got it for him. I’m sure we can find something nice for Aldo as well.”
His statement came before Aldo further revealed his desire to leave, claiming the UFC nor WEC give him anything and doesn’t even want to continue with mixed martial arts.
Aldo told Revista Combate: “If [White] likes me and my family, I just hope he releases me. I don’t want to 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.”
It does seem to be drastic from Aldo, who has six fights left on his UFC contract. But with the frustrations visible, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be backing down while White will also look to keep a prized asset.
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