By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Current UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet with UFC president Dana White next week to discuss his fighting future.
The Brazilian standout recently requested his release from the promotion and went as far as to say that he would be willing to take a dive in his next fight if the UFC did not grant him his wish.
Aldo’s unhappiness spawned after he caught wind of the recently announced lightweight title fight between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor which will take place at UFC 205 in New York on November 12.
Aldo was particularly upset with the fact that the UFC was not making Conor relinquish his featherweight title, something the promotion had told Jose he would have to do in order to challenge Anthony Pettis to a super-fight just a couple of years ago.
In a recent interview with MMAFighting, Aldo made it clear that it is time for the UFC to show him the money! His words.
“If I continue in the sport, I make it clear that I want to see money,” Aldo said, per MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “That’s what it’s about. You can’t be a correct fighter. The right is wrong today. You don’t have to be the good guy and do what they want, that’s considered wrong today. The right is to spit at someone’s face, do cocaine or smoke weed, throw water at others, call people names, don’t show up at press conferences. That’s the right today, and that’s what Brazilian athletes have to do.”
Aldo was most recently seen in action at July’s blockbuster UFC 200 event where he scored a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, capturing the UFC’s interim featherweight title in the process.
Aldo went on to explain why a fight with former lightweight title holder Anthony Pettis may be the only one to bring him back at this point.
“What means is money in the pocket, and that’s what I’m thinking about,” Aldo said. “That’s why I said ‘f*ck Holloway,’ who won eight in a row. Some people win 10, 15, and don’t fight for the belt. So, who is he to say anything? So I wanted Pettis because that would be a way bigger fight. Everybody wanted to watch this fight when we were supposed to fight in Brazil. You have to think about money first, it’s business these days. First the pocket, then something else.”
Pettis recently made his featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21 in Vancouver, where he scored a submission victory over Charles Oliveira.
Jose Aldo will meet with UFC officials this Wednesday so stay tuned to BJPENN.com for further updates as they develop.