Jose Aldo: Certainly I feel underpaid

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In an interview with ESPN Brazil, UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo said that both the lighter weight classes in general and he specifically are underpaid. Recently, Renan Barao claimed he was underpaid (Note: Barao later said he was misunderstood). Do you, Aldo, feel underpaid by the UFC?

Jose Aldo: 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 the same 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 fighting – we can't lose our focus.

ESPN: And what do you think you need to do to convince Dana to give you a raise?

JA: I do not know, man. We kill ourselves in training, we give the best of us to get out there and give a great show, break records for the UFC. We give the maximum, but do not have that due recognition. Now, I do not know what to do, do I need to get inside the cage and kill my opponent? I do not know.

ESPN: Are Americans favored in salary negotiations?

JA: I do not know.  I feel that it can be bad for me, Barao, Anderson, that we are not fluent in English. What matters during a fight is how we fight, not language. We have to negotiate; Dede takes care of that. I'm there to give people what they want to see.

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