White: Aldo is ‘being a little ridiculous’

UFC president Dana White doesn’t believe interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo will go through with his plans to quit the UFC and retire. 

Aldo has become increasingly vocal about his infuriation with the promotion after he was snubbed for a featherweight unification bout with reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

The Brazilian was promised a title fight after he won the interim belt at UFC 200 in July, but instead, McGregor will have a chance to make history when he faces lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York next month as if he wins, he will become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

White acknowledged that he can understand Aldo’s frustrations, but has vowed to talk to the 30-year-old in an attempt to stop him from leaving the UFC.

“Listen, I can’t make anybody fight anybody. I can do the best I can to put together fights and make them happen,” White told UFC Tonight. “Jose Aldo and I will get together probably next week and we’ll talk about this. I think he’s being a little ridiculous about this.”

White made it clear that he will have no issues finding an opponent for Aldo as Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have already called out the former featherweight champion.

“I’ll get him a fight. I’ll get him a fight all day long. If you look at that division, it’s stacked. (Max) Holloway is ready, he wants to fight. Anthony Pettis is in that division now,” the UFC president said. “There’s a lot of talented guys there that he can fight. I can’t make Conor McGregor fight anybody. Obviously everybody wants the fight. I’m waiting for Joanna Jedrzejczyk to call out Conor McGregor next. Everybody wants to fight Conor.”