On October 12, UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was adamant that he wanted out of the UFC and even said he was willing to throw a fight if necessary. On October 14, UFC president Dana White said he was being a little ridiculous. The next day Aldo said IF he continues, show me the money. Then Aldo, his attorney, and his coach/manager the great Andre Pederneiras flew to Vegas and on October 20 met with White. The fighter said afterward that the differences were not resolved, but he was a man and wasn’t going to sue to get out of his contract.
Now Pederneiras spoke with Brazil’s Combate and said the UFC would not let the fighter out of his contract, so Aldo wants a title unification shot in February or March.
“Aldo wants to do the other things, but in the conversations we had with them, it became clear that they’re not going to let him do that,” said Pederneiras, as translated for MMAjunkie‘s Steven Marrocco. “There’s nothing we can do. We have to fight.”
“If he goes back to fight, he will only fight to unify the title, independent of who it’s against. Aldo will accept no other fight unless it’s to unify the title.”
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor challenges lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12. If he wins, he has to give up one belt. It is widely believed given the difficulty McGregor had making 145 that he would keep the lightweight title. That would leave the now interim champion Aldo as the undisputed champion. Aldo’s next fight, whoever it is against, would be with the undisputed belt on the line.
However, if Alvarez grinds out a win, then Conor’s next fight is not a trilogy match with Diaz, it is a unification fight with Aldo, with the only question being when.
“I don’t know what Conor’s decision will be, but I think between February and March will be a good date,” said the coach.