Jose Aldo is doubling down on his desire for his release from the UFC, much to the chagrin of featherweight top contender Max Holloway
Jose Aldo did more than enough to earn his rematch against Conor McGregor.
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McGregor previously got the better of Aldo in their title fight at UFC 194 in December, knocking out the Brazilian just 13 seconds into the first round. Aldo rebounded with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200, earning the promotion’s interim featherweight title.
White later spoke with Combate TV, revealing he was hoping both he and Aldo could come to a solution. Not soon after, Aldo back called back into the TV station and reiterated his desire for a his release while also revealing he was looking to retire from MMA altogether.
“Not even fight MMA, too. It has reached a limit now,” Aldo told Revista Combate (h/t MMAFighting). “I talked to ‘Dede’ a long time ago and he convinced me to continue. I went to the Frankie Edgar fight and won. I fought to win for ‘Dede’. I’m not angry or upset now, nothing. I never fought for money, I had a good career and legacy as featherweight champion.
“If [White] 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.”
UFC featherweight contender Max Holloway later took to Twitter to respond to Aldo’s recent comments.
Prior to this win, the young Hawaiian scored back-to-back stoppage wins over Cub Swanson and Oliveira before earning a decision over Jeremy Stephens. To date, his last loss came at the hands of current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
The 24-year-old Hawaiian has also be calling for a fight against either Aldo or former lightweight turned featherweight title contender Franke Edgar.
Aldo has yet to responds to Holloway’s most recent callout.