"I ask for financial valorization not only for me, some other fighters should have too," Aldo told Combate (via Bloody Elbow). "We give a lot for the company. I've seen this happening in the past, athletes were highly valued, and the company was not that big. Today, the company is very large and athletes devalued."
"If you're fighting well, you are valued by the company, but you are fired if you lose three straight fights," said Aldo. "It's hard to talk about numbers. You can watch Wanderlei Silva and Dana White discussing numbers. I'm employed by them, I can see their side. But we'll always seek for valorization."
Without naming names, Aldo has alluded to his frustration of being paid considerably less than a heavyweight non-champion and non-title challenger.'
In his most recent performance against Ricardo Lamas at UFC 169 in February, Aldo shared the main card with heavyweight striker Alistair Overeem. The PRIDE veteran and former Strikeforce champion reportedly earned $407,143 ($285,714 to show, $121,429 win bonus) for his grinding decision over Frank Mir, while Aldo walked away with $240,000 ($120,000 to show, $120,000 win bonus).
"We aren't monthly paid, that's why we have to keep fighting," said Aldo. "We always try give the best of us in training to go in the cage and have a good performance, thus giving millions for the company. We also want to have part of these millions."
Aldo faces Mendes Oct. 25 at UFC 179 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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@danawhite hey dana can u dm me thanks boss— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) October 21, 2014
Get well soon.
Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 22, 2014
Wish u a speedy recovery @cainmma , hope to see u there in Mexico anyways!— Kelvin Gastelum (@KelvinGastelum) October 22, 2014
get well soon @CainVelasquez_— JASON MAYHEM MILLER (@mayhemmiller) October 22, 2014
Cain got injured, but the results won't be any different no matter who fabricio fights! Next... http://t.co/JJwyYiZAqf— Beneil Dariush (@beneildariush_) October 22, 2014
This is exactly why you don't have guys wait 9 months between fights. Because when they get hurt, then they're out another 9 months. #Stupid— Sean McCorkle (@BigSexyMcCorkle) October 22, 2014
Not for nothing but I'm rooting for Mark Hunt to win the belt. Gives me hope.— Ulysses Gomez (@uselessgomez) October 22, 2014
Gonna be tough.
Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) October 21, 2014
Getting a little treatment on a very minor cut from sparring today. No stitches or anything like that fortunately. But better safe than sorry! Training is going great though. In the best shape of my life and looking forward to the challenge next month.Thanks @parilloboxing @bradyfink1 @chuteboxeusa @mark_munoz @scotprohaska reign training center, @fearthefighter
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The green mile thank u all who participated pic.twitter.com/7mpdIhXKpr— Bobby King Green (@BobbyKGreen) October 21, 2014
Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) October 21, 2014
Call Cro Cop.
Announced yesterday (Oct. 21 2014)
Cain Velasquez out, Mark Hunt vs. Fabricio Werdum at UFC 180
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