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Morning Report: Dana White responds to Jose Aldo's complaints, says union would have never signed off on increased PED testing

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

It's no secret that UFC president Dana White and the promotion's chief owners, Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, aren't exactly pro-union.

Basking in the glow of their newly revealed plans to make using performance enhancing drugs in the UFC an incredibly dodgy prospect, White used the policy to further discredit the need for an MMA fighters' union.

"You know what's funny?" White asked during an appearance on UFC Tonight. "No matter what we do there's always some negative guy out there that will have some negative thing to say about it. Even a policy as tough as this, people talk about unions and things like that? If there was a [fighters'] union this would have never happened.

"This would have never happened with a union. This is the best thing to do for the sport and for the athletes."

UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo spoke out earlier this week about a growing concern for up and coming fighters losing out on sponsorship income due to the promotion's outfitting deal with Reebok.

The first UFC champion to voice these concerns, Aldo called for the creation of a fighters' association and claimed a union would never have agreed to the terms rendered by the Reebok deal.

"The UFC isn't making the revenue that the NFL and the NBA are," said White. "This is the first ever deal that we've had with a huge sporting apparel company like Reebok.

"The fighters aren't being treated well? They're getting all the money. The fighters are getting paid every time they fight. Every time they step in the cage they're being paid by Reebok and you can still keep all your sponsors."

White then singled Aldo out, saying he's proof that not all sponsors are abandoning fighters because the brands will soon no longer be permitted inside the Octagon.

"Jose Aldo is the perfect example," said White. "Reebok went after Jose Aldo aggressively and [Brazilian MMA apparel brand] Venum was like, 'You're not taking Jose Aldo.' Venum ended up keeping Jose Aldo. It paid him more money."

Aldo defends his title to Conor McGregor July 11 at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Oh well.

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It's on.

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Beef.

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There's a lot more of this.

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Not happy.

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Get well soon.

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Light heavyweight.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (June 3 2015)

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Michael Shulski.

Jonathan Gottschall's "The Professor in the Cage".

Jonathan Gottschall is a professor of literature at Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania. A fan since the 90s, Gotschall started training in mma and had one amateur fight. He was also a guest on Joe Rogan's podcast on May 18, 2015. His book, The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch, is rated at four and a half stars on amazon.com. This article explores Gottschall's writings and how they fit in with the themes commonly discussed on mmafighting.com.

The Professor in the Cage echos the recent sentiment that fighting is an essential part of not only human nature, but also exists, to some degree, in virtually all life forms. Gotschall makes use of evolutionary theory to argue that humans (and other animals for that matter) use athletic competition or play fighting to establish hierarchies of dominance. He calls this "the Monkey Dance". These hierarchies function to execute tasks such as warfare. These hierarchies aren't necessarily immoral. Oftentimes, leadership roles are assigned and efficiency is increased.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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