While fans are gearing up for the exciting UFC 205 main event between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor, it’s safe to say that Jose Aldo probably won’t be tuning in.
Since dropping the featherweight title in 13 seconds to the Irishman, Aldo returned to the Octagon and defeated Frankie Edgar to claim the interim championship, while McGregor was busy settling a feud with Nate Diaz.
NOT CHANGING HIS MIND
He’s disappointed that he wasn’t able to get his rematch with McGregor, and now Aldo has claimed that even if Dana White can convince Notorious to fight him, he won’t be changing his mind about leaving the sport or retiring for good.
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Speaking to Brazilian channel SporTV, Aldo said: “No. Not even that because that would be the right thing to happen. This fight is the fight that should happen next in the featherweight division.
"I conquered that ever since I entered the UFC. I saw other champions losing and fighting right away for the belt. That was the right thing.
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“I didn’t fight for the belt. They made me fight for the interim title, I went there and won, and still have no definition whatsoever.
“To me, not even a fight with McGregor…it’s not about him being fighting now or not. I don’t care where he’s going. I want to follow my path. Today, the right is me getting released from the contract.”
Aldo also discussed how he wouldn't be fighting for any other organisation, as he’s a level above them all and doesn’t want to take a step back, and remains adamant about taking up a new sport, including a management career in football.
MCGREGOR IS SCARED
While his situation portrays him in a negative light, Aldo spoke highly of UFC president Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, hoping they’ll give him what he wants.
As McGregor prepares to become the first man to hold two UFC championship titles simultaneously, Aldo believes he’s too scared to meet him inside the Octagon.
He continued: “Everybody knows he’s scared to fight [me]. He knows how dangerous I am for him for the fact that my last fight, everybody said that I had a safe performance and if I fight this way I don’t lose to anyone.
“I’ve seen him in press conferences saying that he would fight with Frankie Edgar but not again me. I think he’s scared.”
The attempt to goad McGregor into a response or even a fight is visible for all to see, and there’s a long line of men including Aldo, Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens wanting to leapfrog the other to secure a bout with McGregor.
But whether Aldo is serious about calling it a day, and whether a fight with the featherweight champion won’t make a difference, remains to be seen.
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