By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Current UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo met with Dana White and UFC officials this afternoon in Las Vegas to discuss his fighting future.
Immediately following the meeting, which took place at UFC headquarters, Aldo was interviewed by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Here is what the Brazilian legend had to say:
“It was great. It was a good conversation. We came in here knowing what we were coming in to. We knew what to expect. It went exactly as expected. I want to thank Dana, I want to thank Sean Shelby as they have always been respectful of my career. So it was good.”
Brett asked Aldo if a resolution was made?
“I didn’t come here just because I wanted to cancel my contract or to be released. I came here because I had a lot on my chest and I had a lot of things I wanted to say. I thought that saying them in person was the professional approach and proper approach to take with them. So I want to thank them for their time and the opportunity to get things off my chest. What the future will hold nobody knows. We will have to wait and see.”
Aldo was asked if he believes he will fight for the UFC again to which he responded.
“At this moment nobody knows. I don’t know. I came here from Brazil with my ideas already firmly fixed in my head. My current intention is to no longer fight. That hasn’t changed. That is how I felt when I left Brazil and that is how I feel here today. But like I said with the future, nobody knows.”
“I think we had a good first conversation today. I think there is probably a few more conversations that will have to happen down the road. But we will see.”
Aldo was asked what he needs to hash out with the UFC.
“Yea I think a lot of my reasons and my feelings and motivations are from things I discussed with my coach and with my family. You know the team that I have and the professionals around me. Those are issues that will remain between us. Today I am happy that I got the opportunity to talk to Dana face to face and you know feel like a weight has been lifted. I got to say everything I wanted to say and that is it. We will see what the future holds.” he replied.
Brett asked Aldo if he plans on challenging his current contractual status.
“No. None. There is no reason to do that. I am not that kind of guy you know. I’m a man. I came here. Nobody made me come here. I wanted to come here and have a face to face conversation, man to man, and make my feelings known.”
Check out the entire interview in the above twitter link.
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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.
Interim UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo has been waiting in limbo to find out whether UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would be returning to featherweight for a title unification fight.
Aldo, who earned himself a rematch with McGregor by defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July, has been campaigning for a rematch with McGregor since being knocked out in just 13 seconds in the main event of UFC 194 in December.
Following Conor McGregor’s UFC 202 majority decision win over Nate Diaz last month, UFC President Dana White stated that McGregor must defend his featherweight title, or vacate the belt. Despite that, McGregor remained noncommittal about returning to 145 after his win over Nate Diaz.
Despite that, it came as quite a bit of a surprise when it was revealed that McGregor would be moving to lightweight to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt in the main event of UFC 205 in November. Even more surprising is that McGregor will get to keep his featherweight championship, and will only have to vacate a belt if he defeats Alvarez at UFC 205.
That didn’t sit too well with Jose Aldo, who requested the UFC release him from his contract during an interview with Combate:
“After all this, I see I can’t trust any word from president Dana White, and who’s in charge of the promotion now is Conor McGregor. Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC. When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz. After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.”
Dana White stated following the UFC 205 press conference that he plans to talk to Aldo over the comments, however Aldo was quick to fire back, stating that he not only wants to be released from the UFC, but retire from MMA competition:
“Not even fight MMA, too. It has reached a limit now. 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.”
By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White stated that current UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would be returning to 145-pounds for his next fight, this after he squares off with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 next weekend.
With that said, Conor would be returning to featherweight to have a title unification bout with current interim champion Jose Aldo, who McGregor defeated via first-round KO at UFC 194 in just 13 seconds.
Aldo became the UFC’s interim featherweight title holder at last month’s UFC 200 event when he defeated former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision.
McGregor was in attendance at UFC 200 and although he was “happy” to see Aldo win, he does not seem to be to fond of the idea of a rematch with the Brazilian, as he told reporters at his private UFC 202 press conference in Las Vegas:
“That was why I was there,” McGregor said. “I wanted to see if this mother f*cker (Frankie Edgar) comes through this and can do what he’s saying, well then it’s on. But Aldo ended up taking that belt again.”
“I was scheduled to fight Aldo many times,” McGregor said. “We had like a two-year media run, the whole thing. I spent so much time with that man and he pulled out. Then we finally got into it and it took me one shot to the crown to shut his lights out. So I don’t know what he’s thinking. Right now, I’m prepared for a war and that’s that.”
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