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Jose Aldo has asked to be released from his UFC contract



Former 7-time defending UFC featherweight champion and current interim champion Jose Aldo (26-2) has officially requested his release from the world’s leading MMA promotion.

In a recent interview with, Aldo expressed that he is no longer interested in competing under the UFC banner.

After all that, I see that I can not trust a word President Dana White and whoever is in the event of the command is now Conor McGregor. As I am not here to be employee McGregor, today I ask you to cancel my contract with the UFC.

According to Aldo, the current interim champ was promised a title shot against McGregor to unify the featherweight straps following the Brazilian’s victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200. Unfortunately for Aldo, fight promoters tend to lie; it doesn’t help that the promotion was recently sold for 4.2 billion to WME-IMG, a company that is clearly more interested in the entertainment aspect of mixed martial arts.

Aldo was offered fights against top ranked featherweight Max Holloway and former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis. Aldo apparently would’ve been ready to fight either man on December 10th in Toronto but only if the his belt was of the undisputed variety.

UPDATE: Via Combate TV by way of MMAFighting (Aldo’s words):

“If [White] likes me and my family, I just hope he released me. I don’t want a fight. I want to leave as I came in. The UFC and WEC didn’t give me anything. Everything I conquered was my merit and from my team. Nobody gave me anything. I conquered everything. And I gave them a lot more than they gave me back. I just want them to release me from my contract. I’m not a whore to sell myself [for money].

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