Following his victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 203, news broke that Conor McGregor would once again not be returning to the Featherweight division in a bid to unify the championship belts. Instead, the current Featherweight champ opted for a chance at making history by attempting to become the first UFC fighter to hold two championship belts in two different divisions at the same time. A Lightweight bout and title shot against Eddie Alvarez was the next move for the Notorious one, and that comes via a slot on the promotion's Madison Square Garden debut at UFC 205.
However, not everyone was as excited as the Irish contingent at the announcement. The move caused a lot of vocal backlash from fighters and fans alike, especially from long time former Featherweight and current interim champion, Jose Aldo.
Sadly, the announcement was one step too far for Aldo. Previously let down after allegedly being promised a rematch and title shot against Conor McGregor, the former champ has become disillusioned with the company and their methods of matchmaking.
When the news broke, a dejected Jose Aldo took to twitter and the media to vent his frustration with the promotion. Apparent broken promises had led to an irreparably damaged relationship between the Brazilian MMA legend, Dana White and the UFC. Speaking to Brazilian site COMBATE, Aldo was open with his views on the promotion and who he alleged really ran things:
After all this, I see I can’t trust any word from president Dana White, and who’s in charge of the promotion now, is Conor McGregor. Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC.
Following the UFC 205 press conference where the news that McGregor would indeed be keeping his Featherweight championship belt while fighting in the lightweight division, Aldo decided that enough was enough, and announced he would be retiring from the sport. This equates to a sad day for many fans of the sport.
With Aldo's threats to take the UFC to court over his contract termination, and the possibility of one of MMA's biggest stars exiting the sport for good, many now look at the career choices ahead of Aldo. With Bellator (the second biggest promotion outside of the UFC) already showing their business prowess by snapping up ex-UFC talent, many thought it would be the likely destination for Aldo.
However, a new offer has just been put forward for the tantalizing amount of $1 million.
ROAD FC, a South Korean based promotion founded in 2010, took to their official social media accounts to announce their new lightweight tournament that will see a prize purse of $1 million. Just like Rizin, who also called for UFC champions to attend, the South Korean promotion publicly offered a place for Jose Aldo, stating that they wanted the best fighters to take part.
The question now is, will Jose Aldo decide to retire and possibly take up a coaching role in his gym, revitalize his UFC career by fighting until he gets a shot at redemption against Conor McGregor or will he head to South Korea with the potential of adding $1 million to his bank account?