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Aldo coach: ‘There’s no choice but to fight’ in UFC

Jose Aldo celebrates after defeating Frankie Edgar during their featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 200, Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

Previously committed to the idea of never fighting inside the Octagon again, Jose Aldo may don the UFC gloves once more. He may just have to wait for the dust to settle first.

Currently holding onto the UFC interim featherweight title, the former undisputed king must wait for Conor McGregor, Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway to handle their own business before he can square off with anyone at some point in 2017.

“Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there’s Conor’s decision, too. We can only know what’s going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that. There’s no choice but to fight,” Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras told Combate (h/t Bloody Elbow). “It’ll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don’t know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him. They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four month break.”

Aldo first took a hard stance against the company after it granted McGregor an opportunity to chase a second world championship without defending the featherweight title he won back in December of last year.

He has since met with UFC officials and experienced a change of heart on retiring from the sport at the age of 30.

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