Everyone knew that Jose Aldo was going to be far from pleased with the UFC’s decision to tap Conor McGregor for a lightweight title shot. But, as it looks right now, not only is the Brazilian star angry, he’s saying he’s done fighting.
Yes, the promotion has booked McGregor to fight lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez on November 12th, at UFC 205. The booking comes after Dana White said several times that McGregor would need to rematch Aldo next, or vacate the 145 title. McGregor, however, has not been stripped of the featherweight crown.
Since the UFC buzzed the MMA world that Alvarez – McGregor is a go, Aldo has spoken with Brazilian outlet, Combate. According to a follow up report from MMA Junkie.com, here is some of what the interim champ had to say:
“I understand (McGregor) is a big draw, but there’s a limit in which this is no longer a sport and it’s a circus,” Aldo said. “I don’t want any type of fight with the UFC. The only thing I want is to move on with my life and that they move on with theirs..”
“I don’t want to fight anymore. What if they offer me millions? They can keep them, I don’t want it. Pardon the expression, but I’m not a whore, to sell myself. I’m a man. My dad made me this way. So that’s all I want.”
Wow. Now, you may be one of the folks who isn’t interested in seeing McGregor – Aldo II. But, considering McGregor will now fight three times, without defending the featherweight belt, it’s not surprising to see that Aldo and others are upset by the move.
Here’s hoping Aldo doesn’t in fact hang up the gloves. It would be an absolute shame if one of the greatest fighters who ever lived is done competing at the age of 30.