After Renan Barao has passed through a debate via press about his salary and ending it with a raise, now it's time to a teammate of his do the same. Jose Aldo has expressed to ESPN Brazil his disappointment with his earnings as a UFC champion and he thinks that other fighters are making an undeserved amount money.
I do feel devalued, for sure. Every fighter dreams to reach a level where he will make good money. I have other thoughts nowadays - I've been around the world, I have a big wide vision about that. At the same time that they give us our business, they could improve it (payment). We bring millions for the company, I'm a very sellable fighter and everybody wants to watch my fights.
Without citing names, Aldo gave examples of fighters that have incomes higher than athletes in the lower weight divisions.
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.
He doesn't know what should he do to change this scenario.
I don't know, man. We kill ourselves in training, we give the best of us to be there give the people a show, bring records to the UFC. We give everything we have but we don't get the recognition we deserve. I don't know what we have to do, if we need to step in there and kill the other guy, I don't know.
The UFC featherweight champion recognizes the language barrier but don't feel wronged by this element and by the difference of nationality, even if the UFC is an American company.
I don't know if that is the case. We can feel that it can be bad for guys like me, Renan Barao and Anderson Silva because we can't speak English fluently. What matters inside there is how we fight, not the language. We have to negotiate. Who takes care of this for me is Dede Pederneiras. I'm there to give what people want to see.
Jose Aldo will defend his UFC 145-pound belt again at the main event of the UFC 176 on August 2. His opponent will be Chad Mendes one more time, the title challenger knocked out by Aldo at UFC 142 back on January of 2012.