Jose Aldo has been locked in a dispute with the UFC ever since the promotion announced Conor McGregor would be fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title instead of unifying Aldo’s interim featherweight belt with the belt McGregor took from him at UFC 194.
Aldo’s head coach Andre Pederneiras spoke on the subject and naturally backed up his fighter, who is asking for his release from the UFC and is threatening to retire from the sport altogether.
“I tried to use arguments so that he’d think about it because I think sometimes you make emotional decisions and end up regretting them,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie. “I told him to think about it so we could talk. I’ve been talking to him since, but his mind is made up. I can’t tell him ‘You’re doing it because I want you to do it. Aren’t I like a father? So I’m ordering you to do it.’ I won’t do that.”
Aldo most recently defeated Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision for a second time, however their UFC 200 rematch was for the interim featherweight belt. UFC president Dana White had said prior to the milestone event that the winner of Aldo vs. Edgar would fight McGregor to unify the titles.
Once it became clear that McGregor would not be returning to the 145 pound division anytime soon, Aldo told the press he was looking to retire from the sport and wanted out of his UFC contract.
“I think they lacked truth in the situation,” Pederneiras said. “When you promise something and you don’t deliver, you can even get a new chance – but the problem was the number of times it happened. I’m (UFC President) Dana White’s biggest defender. I always tell my athletes we need to trust him, because what he and Lorenzo (Fertitta) did for the sport – I don’t think anyone else could have.”
Aldo is scheduled to meet with UFC brass soon to discuss his future within the organiziaon.
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