Jose Aldo asks for his release from UFC

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Jose Aldo has hit out at the UFC for booking Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

The interim Featherweight Champion has claimed that the UFC have continuously lied to him about his rematch with Conor McGregor, and is now threatening to leave the company after they booked the Irishman in a fight for the upcoming Pay-Per-View.

Aldo lost in the first round to McGregor when the two initially met, but he was promised a rematch, which is yet to happen, with the outspoken UFC star recently having a double header with Nate Diaz.


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Aldo has spoken to Combate in Brazil and has issued an ultimatum to the UFC, 'either release me from my contract, or I will retire.'

What makes things worse for Aldo is the fact McGregor will continue to hold onto his Featherweight title for at least one more match, whilst the 30-year-old is left holding onto his interim belt which he won back at UFC 200.

Aldo is upset that UFC offered him a fight on the UFC 205 card, but against either Max Holloway or Anthony Pettis. He is also upset that UFC haven't stripped McGregor of the belt like they had promised.

He said: "We waited until Dana (White) publicly said that he wanted this fight with McGregor to happen. And then we expected it to happen. I’d get my rematch to unify the featherweight belts, or I’d have my belt back and fight Holloway or Pettis since Dana said all the time that Conor couldn’t keep both belts.

"But, to my surprise, I heard last night about the fight between McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, which was also denied by Dana last week. And to make it worse, he would keep the featherweight belt, and possibly having two belts at the same time.

Aldo has grown fed up with the UFC over false promises, and has threatened to quit the company, or he will consider retirement.

This has come despite Dana White claiming to the same outlet that he will try and smooth things over with Aldo, something that hasn't gone down well with the fighter.

He added: "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.

"If (Dana) likes me and my family, I just hope he released me. I don’t want a 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."

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