Jose Aldo has won 17 fights in a row. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Jose Aldo believes he is underpaid.
On a 17-fight winning streak and long established as one of MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighters, the reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight titleholder did not pull any punches when discussing his pay during a recent interview with ESPN Brazil.
“I do feel devalued, for sure,” Aldo said. “Every fighter dreams to reach a level where he will make good money. I have other thoughts nowadays; I’ve been around the world, [and] I have a big, wide vision about that. At the same time that they give us our business, they could improve [what we are paid]. We bring [in] millions for the company. I’m a very sellable fighter, and everybody wants to watch my fights.”
Aldo has compiled a perfect 6-0 record since arriving in the UFC as part of the World Extreme Cagefighting merger in April 2011, scoring wins over Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes, Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas. The 27-year-old Brazilian will next defend his 145-pound championship in a rematch against Team Alpha Male’s Mendes at UFC 176 on Aug. 2.
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