While interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has continued his ongoing feud with the UFC brass, claiming that he still has no intentions to fight, the former featherweight kingpin has returned to training this week, potentially indicating his return is in the works.
Aldo has taken to social media twice this week to post pictures of himself post-training at Nova Uniao in Brazil.
Check ’em out:
“Sparring combination today with the master”
“Great boxing training with champion”
After it was announced that Conor McGregor would be squaring off with Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 on November 12th, Aldo quickly requested his release from the promotion, citing a lack of trust after Dana White reneged on his statement that McGregor must either defend the 145 pound belt, or vacate it, after his UFC 202 scrap with Nate Diaz.
The UFC was quick to fire back at Aldo, stating that they would not be releasing him from his contract, with Dana White stating that if Aldo wanted a fight, he would be happy to book him a fight at UFC 205 as well. Despite that, Aldo remained adamant that he wanted to be released from his contract so as to retire and move on to another professional sport.
While offers for Aldo to fight in other promotions continued to pour in, several weeks later Aldo met with the UFC brass to discuss the situation. While he himself stated that the meeting went well, he maintained the fact that at the present time he has no desire to continue fighting.
Despite that, Aldo’s recent pictures on social media of himself back in the gym could indicate that the featherweight champ could be returning to the Octagon sooner rather than later. Fresh off his win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, many expect Aldo’s next fight to either be against streaking featherweight Max Holloway, or former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who recently made his successful featherweight debut.