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Jose Aldo to meet with UFC brass in Las Vegas to discuss contract, retirement

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Jose Aldo wants to get his UFC contract terminated so he can walk away from MMA and do other things, and he’s flying to Las Vegas with his manager and lawyer to have a meeting with the UFC brass.

Talking to the media on Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo said he hopes to "solve everything" in this meeting, and that means getting his contract cancelled. The current interim featherweight champion said he’s flying to Las Vegas on Oct. 19.

"I’m waiting. That’s the situation now," Aldo said. "We have a meeting scheduled to solve everything, but everything has been said already. We will see what happens in this meeting. I can talk more when I return."

According to Aldo, he was already considering retirement after losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 last December, but his manager and coach Andre Pederneiras convinced him to take one more fight. He returned to action at UFC 200 against Frankie Edgar, and won via unanimous decision.

"(Dana White) can offer me anything," Aldo said. "I started to get unmotivated back then, when I lost the belt. I was the champion for so long I had the right to get an immediate rematch and they didn’t give it to me, and I wanted to walk in a different direction but ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras) made me fight again. I went there, fought and won, and again (the rematch) didn’t come. I have no desire to fight again. I don’t have any excitement to fight anymore. I have other projects in my life. I wanted to retire as champion and I’m the champion today. I want to follow another path."

Aldo’s coach is trying to convince him to reconsider his decision, but the featherweight star knows what he wants for his future.

"I sat down with ‘Dede’ this week and talked. He tried to change my mind a little bit, but there’s no way. I’m very decided what I want," Aldo said. "We’re going to this meeting and see what happens. ‘Dede’ knows what he wants. It’s not like I want to retire, I’m too young and still have a lot left, but I have no desire to fight. And I have no interest in going to another organization. I won’t leave the biggest league to fight in a small one. I’m a big team and I want to be at the biggest league. If I’m not in the UFC, I’m not fighting anywhere else."

"If they release me, that would be great, but if not, what can we do? I have other projects and that depends on this meeting we’re having with them," he continued. "If I want to retire, no contract can stop me. I can go there and say (I’m retired) and they can’t force me to fight. A lawyer already looked at the contract, but I don’t want to fight (the UFC in court). I don’t want anything.

"Ah, you want me to fight MMA again? So I’ll get in there and tap right away, and the fight is over. I’d do it quickly. What I really want is other things for my life."

Aldo can retire anytime he wants, and he doesn’t need to actually get his UFC contract terminated to do so. So why is he considering to go court against the promotion to cancel it if he has no plans fighting for other organizations?

"Because the same way I entered the UFC, I want to leave it," Aldo explains. "If one day I think about coming back, I’d come back to the UFC. That’s where I came from and where I deserve to be. But I have other projects."

Asked if his "other projects" would not be possible if he’s still under contract with the UFC, Aldo responded, "Absolutely. They have the rights for everything, even my breath. How can’t they? I can’t even breathe outside the UFC."