Jose Aldo, who is all set to face Petr Yan for the vacant Bantamweight title at UFC 251, had some contradictory words about fighters’ union, which is in the picture to demand reforms in fighters pay scale.
At the virtual media day-2 ahead of the UFC 251, Jose Aldo sat with his translator, and opened up about the ever present debate about UFC fighters being paid less, and whether a union should be formed. The Brazilian was affirmative about the idea of a union, yet was at a stance that the existing situation is not favorable.
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Jose Aldo on Fighters’ Union
On being asked, whether it is the correct time to talk about fighters’ pay, and a fighters’ union. To which the former UFC Featherweight champion said, “I think this is a horrible time to do that”. He added, “We see so many companies going bankrupt, people losing their longtime jobs, and here’s the UFC trying to make us work, trying to give us work. Look at all the money they’re spending. Look at everything they’re doing to get back and get us back into fighting”.
Earlier, fighters like Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, and Henry Cejudo have expressed disappointment regarding their takeout sum. Henry Cejudo even announced his retirement, and went as far as to convey, he would be back when there’s a right price.
The scarface further said “I do agree that there needs to be some type of union and fighter pay needs to be discussed. But right now just look at the families that don’t know what’s gonna be tomorrow, what’s gonna happen to them. Here we are, we have a chance to work. We’ve made it this far. It’s hard enough to get here, so this is not the right time to do that.”