Jose Aldo’s longtime coach and manager Andre Pederneiras has said that the interim featherweight champion is willing to go to court in order to get his UFC contract terminated.
Aldo announced his desire to leave the UFC after he was snubbed for a featherweight unification bout with Conor McGregor. Instead, McGregor will take on lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York in November.
On Tuesday, UFC president Dana White told Combate TV that he would speak to Aldo, added that he would not be terminating the Brazilian’s contract.
But, Aldo has made up his mind and according to Pederneiras, he has already spoken to a lawyer about what steps to take.
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"I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue," Pederneiras told Combate. "If that was in Brazil and a guy said ‘boss, I want to leave,’ I’d say ‘Ok, I can’t hold you.’ The contract we have in the UFC, ‘boss, I want to leave,’ the answer is ‘no, you’ll be stuck with me, you might not do anything, but you can’t leave here.’ Is that something nice?
"I think it creates dissatisfaction, and he will want to go to court. He would have to go to court to cut this contract. And the damage a dissatisfied person, someone like Aldo, talking sh*t to everyone about a lot of things, I think the company wouldn’t want a guy like this every day in the media talking trash. Since the guy doesn’t want to do it, let him leave! ‘I just want to leave, I don’t want to stay here anymore, I don’t want to fight here. I don’t want to be in anymore.’
"We don’t want a war, we don’t want a fight, we don’t want to talk bad about anyone. We only want the right to say ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. It’s not about money, I don’t want to be here anymore.’"
It is understood that Aldo still has six fights left on his current contract with the UFC, but Pederneiras revealed that the 30-year-old is infuriated with the way the promotion has treated him since he lost the featherweight title to McGregor in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last December.
"He was already pissed off with the situation of being left aside without an answer," Pederneiras said. "You can’t do that with someone like Aldo. You can do that to someone who just entered the UFC now, but not with a guy that went undefeated for 10 years, not with a guy that was the first and only champion until he lost the belt in a 13-second situation, and earned his rematch, was fooled and it didn’t happen.
"I think the company has its financial side – I have a company and will always think on the financial side – but I won’t lie to my employee. If there’s no way to do it, there’s no way to do it. I won’t tell everybody something, put in the news for everyone to see, and then be caught in a lie."