Jose Aldo said he is willing to ‘get in there and tap right away’ to finish his UFC contract.
Next week, interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo will meet with the UFC brass to discuss his future. For those out of the loop, ‘Scarface’ demanded to be released from the promotion following the announcement of Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor at UFC 205.
Aldo is hoping his meeting on October 19 goes smoothly, but the Brazilian says he is willing to take a dive if he isn’t released from the promotion.
“If they release me, that would be great, but if not, what can we do?” Aldo told the media on Wedensday in Rio de Janeiro (h/t Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting). “I have other projects and that depends on this meeting we’re having with them. If I want to retire, no contract can stop me. I can go there and say (I’m retired) and they can’t force me to fight. A lawyer already looked at the contract, but I don’t want to fight (the UFC in court). I don’t want anything. Ah, you want me to fight MMA again? So I’ll get in there and tap right away, and the fight is over. I’d do it quickly. What I really want is other things for my life.”
Aldo is one of the most respected figures in MMA and ruled the featherweight throne for many years before losing to ‘The Notorious’ at UFC 194. The Nova Uniao product campaigned for an immediate rematch, but McGregor had plans to conquer the lightweight division and become the promotion’s first simultaneous two-division champion.
Those plans were halted, though, when his opponent Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of UFC 196 with a broken foot. McGregor ended up taking on Nate Diaz in back-to-back fights at welterweight, losing the first via submission and avenging the loss at UFC 202 with a majority decision. During this time, Aldo captured the interim featherweight belt with a comfortable decision win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. The 30-year-old was promised a rematch with McGregor, but the Irishman is now booked to face Alvarez at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Aldo, though, says Alvarez-McGregor has nothing to do with his decision and claims his relationship with the UFC has been less than stellar. The meeting will take place next week and Aldo seems determined to leave the UFC to pursue other interests. The MMA veteran has even said that a championship rematch with McGregor would not persuade him to stay.