Last month, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (pictured) emerged as the latest mixed martial artist to complain about his meager paycheck. Aldo also said that because he’s a lighter-weight fighter, he’s getting paid less than heavyweights who don’t don hardware.
Like with everyone who has complained about the digits on their pay stubs, UFC president Dana White heard Aldo’s cries loud and clear. Did MMA’s big boss do anything about it?
“It’s human nature, everybody needs to make more money,” White stated on this week’s edition of “Inside MMA.” “A guy like Jose Aldo – I love Jose Aldo – he is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world for two rounds, then he starts to slide off. Here’s the reality, the champions are [our] pay-per-view partners. So, how many pay-per-views you sell and how big of a draw you are, you get a piece of the action.
“Yeah, [lighter-wight fighters] don’t sell as much [PPVs] as the bigger guys. And a guy like Jose Aldo is a guy, who I think, has the talent and the ability to be a big star. So, it’s up to Jose Aldo to get out there and make people care and want to buy his fights.”
Aldo, the only featherweight champ the UFC has ever known, has fought six times for the promotion. However, the only occasion his disclosed salary was released was when he beat Frankie Edgar at UFC 156.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the committee who sanctioned the February 2013 event, Aldo made a total of $240,000, with half of his paypay coming via win bonus.
“Scarface” has defended his throne twice since then, and it can be assumed he banked at least $240k in each of those outings.
For whatever it’s worth, Aldo only trails reigning UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones in the promotion’s subjective pound-for-pound rankings. More importantly, Jones is the lone current champion to hold more straight UFC title defenses (7) than Aldo (6).
Tack on two more if you include Aldo’s run on the WEC throne before getting promoted to UFC champ in 2010.
Aldo gets to submit another application for a pay raise when he defends his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 176. Posting another highlight reel finish over “Money” could earn the Brazilian more dinheiro.