Jose Aldo Recalls Declining A Million-Dollar MMA Offer

Jose Aldo rejected a $1 million offer to return to MMA before deciding to fight at UFC 301 on May 4. 

The ex-UFC Featherweight Champion has one fight left on his UFC deal. He retired following his unanimous decision defeat to Merab Dvalishvili at UFC 278 in 2020. The Brazilian came out of retirement to face Jonathan Martinez. Dominick Cruz was in the running. However, Cruz had an injury in training camp.

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During his break from MMA, Aldo competed in boxing. He had two bouts. The first was a majority decision draw against Jeremy Stephens last year. That was followed by a unanimous decision win over Esteban Gabriel Espindola. While he could take further boxing bouts, it appears Aldo’s focus is on MMA. He revealed he rejected $1 million from an unnamed MMA promotion to fight. 

“This is the last fight on my contract. When I started talking to Sean [Shelby] and Dana [White] back in January, we talked about signing a new deal. But I decided against it because I want to go in there, and show them. I need to show myself and everyone where I’m at. What I can still do, and how I can perform. We had a lot of offers.

“We could have a boxing match lined up pretty quickly if we wanted to do that as well. So I told them ‘Let’s wait’. Let me go in there and put on a performance, and we’ll talk after that to see if we’ll renew a deal or not. We’ve been reached out by other organizations and offered big $1,000,000 purses and things like that. But it’s not really a matter of a financial decision, I needed to have that break [from MMA]. I wanted to pursue my dream of boxing, and now I’m coming back,” Aldo said

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