Jose Aldo has sensationally tendered his resignation from the UFC after missing out on a rematch with Conor McGregor.
The interim featherweight champion has asked to be released from his current contract after UFC president Dana White announced McGregor would take on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205 in Maddison Square Garden.
The fight with Alvarez on November 12 will be McGregor’s third outside the 145lb division, as his last featherweight bout came with his 12-second knock-out title win over Aldo in December 2015.
Aldo has grown increasingly impatient with the MMA giants in his pursuit of a rematch with Irishman McGregor after McGregor was allowed two fights with Nate Diaz at 170lbs in succession.
The 30-year-old Brazilian bounced back from his first round defeat to McGregor by beating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July in a Number 1 contender match, with the winner promised a shot at champ Conor.
But it appears the news that McGregor will challenge for the lightweight belt without vacating his current title was the last straw for Aldo.
Aldo told Brazilian website Combate: “The biggest proof that who’s in charge in the UFC now is Conor is that when I wanted to move up to fight Pettis, they said I’d have to vacate my belt and try this fight with no title whatsoever.
“But with him, they let him move up to the division above without losing his belt, and also let him do any fight he wants.
“Since I’m not here to be an employee of McGregor, today I ask to cancel my contract with the UFC.
“When they offered me a fight with Frankie Edgar, Dana said that the winner would challenge McGregor or win the linear title, that he would lose his belt if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after his rematch with Nate Diaz.
“After being fooled so many times, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.”