Jose Aldo says he’s done with the UFC, following the promotion’s decision to book Eddie Alvarez – Conor McGregor, and Khabib Nurmagomedov is threatening to walk away from the company as well.
Recently the UFC announced that McGregor will challenge Alvarez for the lightweight title on November 12th, at the promotion’s New York City debut. The news raised eyebrows throughout MMA, since just days before, UFC boss man Dana White said that Nurmagomedov was going to fight Alvarez next. Not only that, but it was also confirmed that McGregor hasn’t been stripped of his 145 title, which is what White said would happen, if the Irish star didn’t fight Aldo next. Thus, this is why Aldo has been calling for his UFC release.
While Nurmagomedov isn’t there just yet – as he is booked to fight Michael Johnson now at UFC 205 – the vaunted grappler recently said this, while appearing on the Luke Thomas Show (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I’d rather take this fight [with Johnson] because [Alvarez] signed with the UFC bullsh-t contract because he understands if he takes fight with me, his belt is going bye-bye. That’s why both of them take this fight. And Dana a little bit played games and used my name. I never forget this.
“If I don’t fight, I’m gonna show how I have power in Russia. And UFC, I don’t fight in UFC ever and UFC never, ever go to the Russia. UFC think Conor have power. I have power too. This is not all about pay-per-view. I have power too. I’m gonna show this power.”
Even if you’re not a fan of Nurmagomedov, you can’t argue that he doesn’t have a legitimate beef here. The guy is 23-0, has gone 7-0 in the UFC, and was told he’d be fighting Alvarez next.
First things first, and that’s Mr. Johnson, who has good wrestling and fantastic hands.