Written by Derek Moody, October 1, 2016, at 11:59 p.m.
Once again, Jose Aldo has but put on the backburner. Patiently waiting to avenge his lone UFC loss to current featherweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was allowed to fight out of the division twice and scheduled for a third time in November. Aldo should have received an immediate rematch based on what he’s done as the featherweight champ.
Aldo was informed McGregor was allowed to fight Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight title and he had to be patient in order to receive his rematch. The Dos Anjos fight fell through and McGregor then went up to welterweight to fight lightweight Nate Diaz which made no sense but was well worth it. The sport of MMA needed that fight to happen and it helped Aldo more than it hurt him because he saw a McGregor weakness unfold right in front of him.
McGregor ended up losing the fight and then forced the UFC to give him a rematch which pushed the Aldo rematch once again. McGregor versus Diaz did absolutely nothing for the ranking system, the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions. Eventually the rematch happens which McGregor won so now Aldo should be set to rematch for the undisputed title. Not exactly, McGregor then books a title fight against Eddie Alvarez which means no rematch for Aldo again.
That was the tipping point for Aldo and it’s hard to blame him for his frustrations. At Madison Square Garden, McGregor will fight for the lightweight title while Aldo was given an offer to fight either Anthony Pettis or Max Holloway. Once the McGregor vs Alvarez fight was announced, Aldo said he wanted out.
Aldo was supposed to fight Anthony Pettis in a champion vs champion bout for Pettis’ then lightweight title in 2014. The difference is that Aldo was told he would be stripped as McGregor is now allowed to retain his title. Dana White said if McGregor won the lightweight title he’d be stripped of his featherweight title right afterwards. Jose was going to be stripped just for signing the fight agreement.
The circumstances are different because at the moment McGregor is the UFC cash cow and the biggest draw by far. Aldo was one of the biggest draws for years but never the sole outlining factor in regards to selling out. A big part of that is the language barrier, fighters who speak English usually generate more buzz with their interviews. Skills speak for themselves which is something Aldo has lived off of for over a decade.
Andre Pederneiras, Aldo’s manager spoke with Combate in Brazil stating Aldo is serious about leaving the promotion. MMAFighting was able to translate the following text from Andre Pederneiras:
I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue. If that was in Brazil and a guy said, “Boss, I want to leave,” I’d say, “OK, I can’t hold you.” The contract we have in the UFC, “Boss, I want to leave,” the answer is, “No, you’ll be stuck with me, you might not do anything, but you can’t leave here.” Is that something nice?
Final Thoughts on Jose Aldo’s Contract
If the UFC were to grant Aldo his contract release the promotion would truly be losing out on a legend. Whether Aldo is serious about retiring nobody will know until that official announcement comes. What if he was bluffing to see if the UFC made the rematch a high priority over the Alvarez fight. Hopefully Dana White can smooth everything out and save this talent from an early retirement. Aldo may be serious about leaving the promotion but leaving the fight game is a different story. We should find out more as UFC 205 approaches.