Jose Aldo is scheduled to meet with the UFC to discuss his options following his request to be released from the promotion.
Publicly upset with the promotion after allowing Conor McGregor to keep the featherweight division waiting while he fights at 155 pounds at UFC 205, Aldo has stated he no longer has an interest in fighting for a living.
Aldo does admit, however, he has zero interest in leaving the UFC to compete for a different organization.
“I sat down with ‘Dede’ this week and talked. He tried to change my mind a little bit, but there’s no way. I’m very decided what I want,” Aldo told MMA Fighting. “We’re going to this meeting and see what happens. ‘Dede’ knows what he wants. It’s not like I want to retire, I’m too young and still have a lot left, but I have no desire to fight. And I have no interest in going to another organization. I won’t leave the biggest league to fight in a small one. I’m a big team and I want to be at the biggest league. If I’m not in the UFC, I’m not fighting anywhere else.”
Aldo says he currently has plans for “other projects” that would be prevented with his current contract situation with the UFC.
“If they release me, that would be great, but if not, what can we do? I have other projects and that depends on this meeting we’re having with them,” he continued. “If I want to retire, no contract can stop me. I can go there and say (I’m retired) and they can’t force me to fight. A lawyer already looked at the contract, but I don’t want to fight (the UFC in court). I don’t want anything.