UFC 205 is the greatest card in league history, and at the top of it is featherweight champion Conor McGregor challenging lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his belt. McGregor will hang onto both belts and if he wins, will have to decide which one he wants to keep and defend, and give up the other.
However, UFC interim champion Jose Aldo was led to believe that McGregor would be fighting him, or giving up the belt. Upset, the champion says he no longer wishes to fight in the UFC, although he reportedly has six fights left on his contract.
In an interview with Combate on Wednesday, Aldo’s long-time coach Andre Pederneiras explained the fighter’s reasoning.
“I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue,” said Pederneiras, as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMA Fighting. “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?
“I think it creates dissatisfaction, and he will want to go to court. He would have to go to court to cut this contract. And the damage a dissatisfied person, someone like Aldo, talking s *** to everyone about a lot of things, I think the company wouldn’t want a guy like this every day in the media talking trash. Since the guy doesn’t want to do it, let him leave! ‘I just want to leave, I don’t want to stay here anymore, I don’t want to fight here. I don’t want to be in anymore.’ We don’t want a war, we don’t want a fight, we don’t want to talk bad about anyone. We only want the right to say ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. It’s not about money, I don’t want to be here anymore.’”
“He was already pissed off with the situation of being left aside without an answer. You can’t do that with someone like Aldo. You can do that to someone who just entered the UFC now, but not with a guy that went undefeated for 10 years, not with a guy that was the first and only champion until he lost the belt in a 13-second situation, and earned his rematch, was fooled and it didn’t happen. I think the company has its financial side – I have a company and will always think on the financial side – but I won’t lie to my employee. If there’s no way to do it, there’s no way to do it. I won’t tell everybody something, put in the news for everyone to see, and then be caught in a lie.”