The reigning UFC Featherweight champion and widely regarded as the #2 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jose Aldo (21-1) is set to defend his title for a 7th time against #1 contender Chad Mendes at UFC 176 in a rematch. The Brazilian has voiced his displeasure with the UFC’s payout to their fighters time and time again. Aldo appeared on AXS TV’s Inside MMA with Kenny Rice and Bas Rutten to talk about his upcoming fight against Mendes, but the topic was brought up about fighter pay and Aldo once again reiterated his stance.
Unbeaten since 2005, Aldo believes himself and his fellow fighters deserve higher compensation for their work and effort in competition.
“I’m not entirely happy with the actual current pay policy,” Aldo said. “We work very hard for what we do, not only me, but every single fighter out there in the UFC would like to be better compensated for all the work and all the effort we put in every fight.”
To put into perspective, Jose Aldo received a listed salary of $240,000 (120,000 to show, 120,000 to win) per fight, for his fights at UFC 169 (Lamas), UFC 163 (Jung), UFC 156 (Edgar).
Prior to that, Aldo had received a listed salary of $48,000 (24,000/24,000) per fight, UFC 142 (Mendes), UFC 136 (Florida), UFC 129 (Hominick)–not including the $129,000 fight of the night bonus.
Jose Aldo ranks 40th overall in UFC career fighter earnings at $1,043,000 combined for his 6 fights in the UFC.
The clip of the interview where Jose Aldo talks about fighter pay can be seen below: