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White won’t release Aldo from UFC, Aldo wants to move to another sport

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Jose Aldo says he doesn't feel like fighting MMA in any more, and wants to start a career in different sport.

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Angry at Dana White for giving Conor McGregor a title shot against Eddie Alvarez and not against himself, Jose Aldo now tells TV Show Revista Combate in an exclusive interview that he is done with MMA for good.

"Not even fighting MMA, too. It has reached a limit now," Aldo said. "I talked to ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) a long time ago and he convinced me to continue. I went to the Frankie Edgar fight and won. I fought to win for ‘Dede’. I’m not angry or upset now, nothing. I never fought for money, I had a good career and legacy as featherweight champion.

"If [White] likes me and my family, I just hope he releases me. I don’t want to fight. I want to leave as I came in. The UFC and WEC didn’t give me anything. Everything I conquered was my merit and from my team. Nobody gave me anything. I conquered everything. And I gave them a lot more than they gave me back. I just want them to release me from my contract. I’m not a whore to sell myself [for money].

"I don’t even want to fight MMA. I want to follow a career in another sport. That’s what I want."

Just moments before Aldo's statement, White himself said they could work something out, though he is unwilling to cancel the contract.

"We won't cancel his contract." White told Revista Combate. "We know he got very emotional. We respect Jose Aldo very much. We care for the people around him. Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted a fight on the card and we got it for him. I'm sure we can find something nice for Aldo, as well."