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Jose Aldo ‘rethinking’ retirement from MMA

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)

Jose Aldo may have rediscovered his passion for fighting.

Just a few weeks after declaring he no longer had an interest in competing for the UFC, the interim UFC featherweight champion admits he’s “rethinking” his retirement from the sport.

“I’ve been rethinking my retirement from MMA,” Aldo wrote on Twitter (translation via Bloody Elbow). “I talked to my family, and, after seeing all the requests from my fans, there will be some good stuff coming for you guys. Thanks Russia.”

Aldo initially expressed his displeasure with the UFC following the company’s decision to grant Conor McGregor a title shot at 155 pounds. Not only was it a move that wasn’t extended to Aldo during his reign as featherweight champion, but it’s also one that puts the division on hold as McGregor looks to make history. Since winning the 145-pound title last December, the Irishman has yet to defend it.

The Brazilian was effectively promised one of two things with a win for the interim title at UFC 200 in July: a) a rematch against McGregor to unify the championships; or b) the undisputed crown, as McGregor would be forced to vacate the throne if he chose not to defend it for a third straight contest.

“Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC,” Aldo said prior to the tweet above (h/t MMA Fighting). “When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz. After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.”

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