Jose Aldo asks for release from UFC and threatens to retire

The Brazilian wants out after failing to land a rematch with Conor McGregor.

Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo The MMA fighter wants out of his UFC contract Image Getty/Steve Marcus

Jose Aldo has asked to be released from UFC, and threatened to retire from MMA fighting if his request isn’t met.

The Brazilian brawler has grown disenchanted with UFC after they failed to grant a rematch with Conor McGregor.

McGregor has not defended his featherweight belt since defeating Aldo in a 13 second knockout in December.

Aldo’s frustrations peaked after featherweight champion McGregor was granted a fight with Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship, safe in the knowledge he will retain his featherweight title for at least one more fight.

Venting his frustrations in an interview with Combate, 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.

Conor McGregor

“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.”

He added: “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.”

“I don’t even want to fight MMA. I want to follow a career in another sport”

Aldo added: “I understand that [McGregor] 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.”

The fighter went on to say: “I don’t want a fight. I want to leave as I came in. The UFC and WEC didn’t give me anything… I just want them to release me from my contract. I’m not a whore to sell myself.

“I don’t even want to fight MMA. I want to follow a career in another sport. That’s what I want,” he added.

Watch the moment Conor McGregor knocked Jose Aldo out below:

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