Jose Aldo was the champ. He was a good champ. But his reign ended suddenly and violently, and now he’s struggling to find himself in a new world ruled by an Irishman who makes everyone tons of money.
Apparently, “finding himself” involves a lot of Aldo saying he’s done with MMA and wants to retire.
As per MMAFighting:
“I’m waiting. That’s the situation now,” Aldo said. “We have a meeting scheduled to solve everything, but everything has been said already. We will see what happens in this meeting. I can talk more when I return.”
According to Aldo, he was already considering retirement after losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 last December, but his manager and coach Andre Pederneiras convinced him to take one more fight. He returned to action at UFC 200 against Frankie Edgar, and won via unanimous decision.
“(Dana White) can offer me anything,” Aldo said. “I started to get unmotivated back then, when I lost the belt. I was the champion for so long I had the right to get an immediate rematch and they didn’t give it to me, and I wanted to walk in a different direction but ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) made me fight again. I went there, fought and won, and again (the rematch) didn’t come. I have no desire to fight again. I don’t have any excitement to fight anymore. I have other projects in my life. I wanted to retire as champion and I’m the champion today. I want to follow another path.”
Oh my God, dude. Just retire and shut up about it.