In June, former title challenger Paulo Costa refused to take on the headliner fight against Jared Canonier. “Borachinha” insisted on how he would be compensated monetarily and paid as a “main event fighter.”
The 30-year-old Brazilian caused another uproar last month when he failed to make a 185-pound limit for his headliner against Marvin Vettori. As a result, the pair were rescheduled to take on light heavyweight just days before Fight Night.
For experienced observers like Jose Aldo, such actions show “a lack of respect” for the opponent, the campaign and everyone involved. In the latest issue of MMAFighting.comPortuguese Podcast Frank exchangeIncluding former longtime featherweight champion Costa, he expressed disappointment over the situation.
“‘Grandfather’ [coach Andre Pederneiras] We were always told that losing and winning was part of the fight, but it was our obligation to gain weight. ”
“That’s how I grew up, and that’s what made me an athlete today. For me, it was disrespectful. Even if he is Brazilian – be it my friend or something like that – if you ask me, I’ll still say the same thing.
“The opponent prepares for a fight for two or three months under the same weight [class], Goes on a diet, fights for a week and starts to hear screams that this guy doesn’t do weight or anything and starts to lose focus.
“You only start to think about your weight but if a real fight happens, that person is gaining weight, if he is rising or going down.
Although the penalties for weight loss have been increased, Aldo says they still think losing weight is a problem, which causes unnecessary trouble for everyone to fight at night. And speaking of cash, the 35-year-old Bantamweight blasted Costa for his money demands.
“If I was a promoter, I’d be very angry,” Aldo said. “There is no way you can come tomorrow and talk to me and ask for a pay rise, right? I see it a lot these days.
“I see young fighters in the UFC, which sometimes don’t meet their commitments. If you sign an eight-fight deal, X [amount of money], Man, you do X in those eight games, you can’t after three games … or fight for the belt, get a title shot, and then you can say, ‘I deserve to do more because I’m doing this, this and this, and the numbers show.
“If you can’t [make weight], If this is tough, move the section up. Let me tell you this. How many times have I thought of calling a dodgy doctor, so bad [cancel] Quarrel and I said no, I must always weigh and respect what I said. I weigh in anyway.
“I’ve been pulled over there or carried on, it doesn’t matter, but I’ve made the weight. I’ve never left the UFC whether I want to lose weight or not. With all the work, Exhaustion I had to featherweight, I would always go out there and do it. I have never lost respect for my opponent, my fans or anyone else.
Aldo tries to extend his two-fight winning streak when he takes on Rob Font on December 4 at UFC Vegas 44.