UFC star Jose Aldo called time on his career in the ring last month after he lost belief in President Dana White.
The 30-year-old was hoping to get a rematch with Conor McGregor after his upcoming fight with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November but that wasn’t to be the case.
Aldo beat Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 back in July and was holding out for a rematch with “The Notorious” as his next encounter. However, the Irish fighter instead faced Nate Diaz as he aimed to clinch the 155-pound belt at New York City’s UFC 205.
Due to the fact McGregor couldn’t keep both the featherweight belt and the 155-pound belt, Aldo was supposedly meant to fight the 28-year-old for the featherweight. However, he was later allowed to compete for both titles, of which was early denied by President White, and faced Alvarez instead of Aldo.
The controversial decision was met with the announcement that the Brazilian had asked to be released from his contract with the promotion after losing belief in White.
However, Aldo is now reportedly planning on meeting with the UFC brass in Las Vegas next week regarding a potential return to the sport and only one major factor will influence his decision.
The 30-year-old, who never wanted to fight for money, is now demanding a hefty amount as he plans to U-turn his career:
“Today, we think the way we have to think. Everybody who knows me knows that I wanted to create a legacy and not fight for money.
“Everybody fights for money, of course, but I wanted to leave a legacy when I retired, get my name in the history.
“I don’t think like that anymore. When I lost the belt, I saw how reality is. Champion means nothing."
Aldo wants money
Prior to his retirement, Aldo caused a stir when claiming he would rather face Anthony Pettis instead of Max Holloway if McGregor wasn’t available and has explained how money was the reason behind it:
“What means is money in the pocket, and that’s what I’m thinking about. That’s why I said ‘f*** Holloway,’ who won eight in a row. Some people win 10, 15, and don’t fight for the belt. So, who is he to say anything?
“So I wanted Pettis because that would be a way bigger fight. Everybody wanted to watch this fight when we were supposed to fight in Brazil. You have to think about money first, it’s business these days. First the pocket, then something else.
“If I continue in the sport, I make it clear that I want to see money. That’s what it’s about. You can’t be a correct fighter. The right is wrong today. You don’t have to be the good guy and do what they want, that’s considered wrong today.
“The right is to spit at someone’s face, do cocaine or smoke weed, throw water at others, call people names, don’t show up at press conferences. That’s the right today, and that’s what Brazilian athletes have to do."
Best of all-time
Aldo went on to talk about his status in the game and claimed he is the best UFC fighter of all time.
"In the entire promotion’s (history)? For sure. Of course, people will be partial, but I put myself among the best in history. When I said back then I was the best fighter people criticized me a lot, and I say it again. To me, brother, I’m the best."
It’s unclear to see what the future holds for Aldo but what is certain is that money will be a major influence in his decision to potentially return to the sport.