Aldo: ‘The UFC has been a mess for a while now’

Jose Aldo has once again lashed out at the UFC for making false promises to him and a number of other fighters in different divisions. 

Aldo had recently planned to opt out of his contract with the promotion after they continually snubbed his request for a rematch with reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor. 

However, after McGregor beat lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last month, he was forced to give up one of his titles and Aldo was subsequently restored as the featherweight champion. 

Despite this, he feels that he has not been the only competitors to be constantly lied to as he pointed out that Khabib Nurmagomedov, Demian Maia and Ronaldo Souza have all experienced the same thing. 

“The UFC has been a mess for a while now,” Aldo told Combate. “Not only for [myself], it’s been happening way before that. It embarrassed featherweight and now embarrasses lightweight.

“Khabib Nurmagomedov signed two contracts to fight for the title and still hasn’t [fought for the title]. We also have Demian Maia waiting at welterweight and Ronaldo Jacare is waiting for even longer than that [at middleweight].

“It’s cool for me, I was a dominant champion for a long time, but what about Jacare’s situation? He’s always winning and doesn’t get his title shot. They tell him he’ll fight for the title and he never does. And it seems he never will. It’s a generalized mess.”

As for his feud with McGregor, Aldo knew that he would get his belt back one way or another, but made it clear that should he and the Irishman step foot in the Octagon once again, the outcome will be a lot different than it was at UFC 194 in December last year, where McGregor knocked out the Brazilian in just 13 seconds to become featherweight champion. 

“I knew I would be the champion and he knows what happened to me in that fight will never happen again,” Aldo said. “It was known I would be champion again so I don’t have a problem with the way it happened. I’ve always said that having the belt around my waist is all that matters. No matter what, I’m the champion. I don’t care about what his coach says. Who is his coach anyway? I don’t know who he is. Or him. They’re all pieces of sh*t.”