Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo lost his belt to Conor McGregor in 13 seconds and demanded an immediate rematch. That was not granted. Instead, McGegor was booked to challenge for the lightweight title vs. then champion Rafael dos Anjos, who got hurt and was replaced by Nate Diaz. That fight proved to be historically popular, so a rematch was held, which was if anything more popular still.
In the meantime, Aldo fought Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title, with the understanding that he would next get that rematch with McGregor. That was not granted. Instead, McGegor challenges for the lightweight title vs. new champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 next month.
The fighter, his manager, and his attorney flew from Brazil and on Wednesday had a meeting with UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby. He was not granted a release in the meeting and spoke afterward with reporters.
“At this moment, nobody knows, I don’t know. I came here from Brazil already with my ideas firmly fixed in my head and my current intention is to no longer fight, that hasn’t changed, that’s how I felt when I left Brazil, that’s how I feel still today, but as for the future, nobody knows, we’ll see.”
“Today was a first conversation, we might be headed down a better path, but there’s a lot of transitions happening in the UFC and I’m sure they’re going to have new ideas and priorities and methodologies. We’ll see what direction they’re going to take their business in and what that’s going to mean for me.”
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has hired an attorney and the two sides are referencing potential legal action. However, the ever noble Aldo says he isn’t traveling that path.
“There’s no reason to do that,” he Aldo. “I’m not that kind of guy. I’m a man. I came here, no one made me come here. I chose to be here, I wanted to have a face-to-face conversation, man to man. I made my feelings known, not through statements made to third parties or misinterpretations. I wanted to sit down with Dana and Sean and tell them what I felt. That’s it.”
“I don’t think just of myself, I don’t think of just Jose Aldo the fighter, I think of the whole category of fighters. With the new ownership and all the transitions they’re taking, I can only hope that we can come in with new ideas to benefit all the fighters, for things to improve that for everybody, not just for me.”