It sounds like there may be a way to keep Jose Aldo hanging around the Octagon, after all.
The former UFC featherweight champion, who now holds the interim crown, has recently stated he had no interest in competing for the UFC following the company’s decision to grant Conor McGregor another fight without defending the 145-pound title.
While Aldo initially seemed he was on his way toward retirement, the Brazilian standout admits a hefty paycheck may be enough to keep him around.
“What means is money in the pocket, and that’s what I’m thinking about,” Aldo told MMA Fighting. “That’s why I said ‘f–k Holloway,’ who won eight in a row. Some people win 10, 15, and don’t fight for the belt. So, who is he to say anything? So I wanted Pettis because that would be a way bigger fight. Everybody wanted to watch this fight when we were supposed to fight in Brazil. You have to think about money first, it’s business these days. First the pocket, then something else.
“If I continue in the sport, I make it clear that I want to see money. That’s what it’s about. You can’t be a correct fighter. The right is wrong today. You don’t have to be the good guy and do what they want, that’s considered wrong today. The right is to spit at someone’s face, do cocaine or smoke weed, throw water at others, call people names, don’t show up at press conferences. That’s the right today, and that’s what Brazilian athletes have to do.”
Aldo is set to meet with UFC brass sometime next week to discuss his future.