Jose Aldo was an okay champ when he reigned, but once Conor McGregor entered into the picture, the featherweight division’s favorite son was suddenly a red-headed stepchild.
Then came his 13-second knockout loss to McGregor, and ever since, the Brazilian has been stuck in the backseat while others get to drive. Will Aldo ever get another crack at McGregor? Is that featherweight belt the Irishman possesses ever going to be relinquished while McGregor seeks (and makes) his fortunes in other divisions? It’s beyond the point where Aldo thinks he’ll get a legitimate answer to these questions. Now he just wants out.
As per Combate (h/t MMAFighting):
“Conor himself said before that he wouldn’t give his belt away by any chance and nobody would take it away from him,” Aldo said. “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.”