Former featherweight God Emperor Jose Aldo hasn't had a good relationship with the UFC since losing the belt to Conor McGregor. Maybe his dissatisfaction with the promotion spanned back earlier than that, but at least before then he didn't cause waves. These days? He was given an interim 145 pound title shot off that loss, and then his interim belt was promoted to legit a week after McGregor won the 155 pound championship. Yet the UFC is still treating him terribly as far as he's concerned.
Aldo's coach Andre Pederneiras shared an aspect of the animosity recently with Brazilian outlet SporTV and made it sound like Jose can't wait to wrap up the fights on his contract and leave.
“He asked to fight boxing, Dana denied and, later, Conor was fighting boxing," Pederneiras said (via MMANYTT). "He did not have the thought he thought he might have. Months before he asked, the answer was no. Months later Conor manages to fight in boxing without problem and the UFC allowed it. Of course he has a lot of money involved and in his [Aldo’s] fight he would not, but not everything in life is money. He became quite unmotivated.”
One of the problems with being the absolute best for so many years is it's hard to accept a situation where you're anything but. Aldo's win over Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 proved he's still one of the best featherweights in the sport, yet Pederneiras revealed he's questioning whether it's worth it to go on.
“We’re still talking to see how much he wants to keep fighting or not,” he said. “I think Aldo’s career is a career that nobody can talk badly about. He can do whatever he wants. To retire, to continue, to make a super-fight. He is thinking. He is a guy who has managed to make a lot of money over the course of his career and he can retire today without depending on anyone. He will never go hungry in his life. He invested his money, he knew how to save it.
But Pederneiras made it clear that there was no quit in Aldo just yet.
“I’ve never heard him talk about stopping," he said. "I think Aldo has been at it for a long time, in a very continuous time. I think Aldo could take a vacation and feel that motivation to return. I already talked to him, but he wants to end the UFC contract as soon as possible.”