Just a couple of days out from Jose Aldo’s rematch with Chad Mendes at UFC 179, the featherweight champion has spoken out about fighter compensation, or in his opinion, the lack there of…
If you’ve followed Aldo closely over the years, then you know he isn’t exactly Conor McGregor when it comes to making brash statements, but he certainly speaks his mind. In fact, Aldo has argued in the past that fighters aren’t paid enough.
“I ask for financial valorization not only for me, some other fighters should have too. We give a lot for the company. I’ve seen this happening in the past, athletes were highly valued, and the company was not that big. Today, the company is very large and athletes devalued.”
“If you’re fighting well, you are valued by the company. But you are fired if you lose three straight fights. It’s hard to talk about numbers. You can watch Wanderlei Silva and Dana White discussing numbers. I’m employed by them, I can see their side. But we’ll always seek for valorization. We aren’t monthly paid, that’s why we have to keep fighting. We always try give the best of us in training to go in the cage and have a good performance, thus giving millions for the company. We also want to have part of these millions.”
Aldo’s criticism comes not long after Forbes estimated that the UFC is worth over $1.5 billion dollars, and during a time when other fighters have also questioned whether the promotion is paying its athletes enough. Of course, not everyone will agree with Aldo on this, but it’s certainly an issue that doesn’t appear to be going away.
The champion also talked about Mendes, and Aldo argued that he doesn’t see a “difference” in the man he’ll face this Saturday, from the one he KO’d in 2012.
Since Mendes has stopped four of his last five opponents, the narrative going into UFC 179, is that he’s a much better striker now. Aldo, however, says Mendes didn’t stop any high level striker during the run (Clay Guida, Darren Elkins, Cody McKenzie and Yaotzin Meza), and therefore isn’t impressed…
Guess we’ll see how it all plays out soon enough.
UFC 179 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will be available via pay-per-view throughout North America.