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Jose Aldo says he won't watch McGregor vs. Diaz: 'That's not a fight'

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Jose Aldo talks UFC 196, his payroll, and what his next steps should be during a Reebok press conference in Brazil.

Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo
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Former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, hasn't seen all the money people are saying he bagged for his last fight against Conor McGregor at UFC 194. While Aldo did hear some rumors about him making up to $10 million, he claims he has never gotten anywhere close to that, as Combate reported.

Aldo talked about the misunderstanding at a Reebok press conference in Brazil, where he sealed his two-year deal with the company, alongside Ronaldo Souza, Felipe Arantes, and Thomas Almeida.

"I don't know where people got that five million, ten million thing. I didn't make all that. If I did, I would be all smiles. First of all, every time a Brazilian who lives in Brazil fights out of the country, the government takes away 30% of our purse. Then 20% goes to our managers, not to mention what goes to the Athletic Commission. I don't know where people got that they pays us that much. If they do, they still have to pay me," said Aldo.

As for the upcoming headliner at UFC 196, involving Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, Aldo said the outcome of the bout will affect his career directly, even though he stated he would not even bother watching it.

"Dana told me my path would be clearer after March 5. So I'll resume training after that. I will watch none of it, though. That's not a fight. I always learned in my training that we should respect our opponents. There's no respect between these two. Of course there's people who like buffoons, but I don't really watch fights, anyway.  I rather watch other sports. I love football (soccer), volleyball, basketball. Not to mention it will be really late here when it airs. I usually don't pay attention to those fights unless it concerns my weight class or someone I could face."

Ever since being knocked out by Conor McGregor at UFC 194, last December, Jose Aldo has been advocating for a rematch against "The Notorious" or a title fight at featherweight against anyone else in the division if McGregor vacates the belt.