It certainly has not been the best weekend for UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. After watching his teammate and close friend Renan Barao lose his bantamweight title to TJ Dillashaw by getting knocked out in the fifth round, Aldo is now talking about being underpaid.
In an interview with ESPN Brazil, Aldo discussed his thoughts on his contract:
Certainly I feel (underpaid). Talking in numbers is difficult. A fighter dreams of reaching a level where he makes good money. Today I have other thoughts, I have been around the world, I have great insight into this. At the same time that they give business to us, they could improve (pay). We bring millions to the organization’s events. I’m a very marketable fighter, and everyone likes to see me fight .
We see a lightweight being paid as much as a beginner. We see a heavyweight non-champion and non-title challenger earning a lot more than us. This situation makes us a little sad but I have to keep battling, we can’t lose our focus.
Those are some very bold statements from the UFC featherweight champion. What Aldo is saying makes sense, as he is a very marketable fighter and one of the top pound for pound athletes in the sport today. The issue is that the lighter weight fighters simply do not sell as well as the heavier weight divisions.
Hopefully the UFC will make Aldo feel more comfortable financially either before or after his next scheduled title defense against Chad Mendes at UFC 176 in August.