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Wednesday, Nov 02, 2016

Jose Aldo’s Coach Says Interim Champ Has “No Choice But to Fight”

Jose Aldo

By FCF Staff

Jose Aldo has repeatedly said in recent weeks that he does not want to fight any longer, but according to his coach, the UFC’s interim featherweight champ has no choice.

Following the UFC’s decision to have Conor McGregor challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez, but not strip him of the 145 title, Aldo has called for his release. For months, UFC President Dana White said McGregor would need to defend the featherweight belt next, or vacate the belt.

Recently Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras, spoke with the Brazilian outlet Combate. According to a follow up report from Bloody Elbow, the Nova Uniao leader said this about Aldo’s future:

“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. 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.”

McGregor will face Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205, which will take place on November 12th in New York City.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:52 am
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