Jose Aldo is aware of what it’s like to consider life after the UFC.
As just lately as final 12 months, the previous featherweight champion—who appears to be like so as to add a second world title to his assortment when he meets Petr Yan this Saturday at UFC 251 for a vacant bantamweight championship—had overtly mentioned making 2019 the ultimate marketing campaign of his storied profession, although he finally signed a brand new eight-fight deal in Might 2019 to proceed competing for the UFC.
Lately, stars like Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal urged they may depart the UFC below extra hostile situations after voicing their displeasure over fighter compensation. That has led to a renewed dialog round whether or not UFC athletes are getting paid what they’re price and if it’s lastly time for the fighters to unionize to enhance their energy on the bargaining desk.
Given the havoc that the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked on companies throughout the globe, Aldo disagrees that the situations are proper to debate unionization.
“I believe this can be a horrible time to try this,” Aldo stated at a media scrum in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. “We see so many corporations going bankrupt, individuals shedding their longtime jobs, and right here’s the UFC attempting to make us work, attempting to offer us work. Have a look at all the cash they’re spending. Have a look at every little thing they’re doing to get again and get us again into preventing.
“I do agree that there must be some sort of union and fighter pay must be mentioned, however proper now simply have a look at the households that don’t know what’s gonna be tomorrow, what’s gonna occur to them. Right here we’re, we’ve an opportunity to work. We’ve made it this far. It’s laborious sufficient to get right here, so this isn’t the correct time to try this.”
Together with Jones and Masvidal, different champions have made headlines for profession selections associated to cash. Conor McGregor introduced one other retirement on social media, expressing his disappointment in a number of the UFC’s matchmaking selections, whereas Henry Cejudo adopted his personal retirement announcement by suggesting that he could possibly be lured again into the octagon for the correct value.
Concerning Cejudo, Aldo sounded shocked that the two-division champion determined to hold up the gloves.
“I believe that it was actually ill-advised,” Aldo stated. “He’s a younger man, he’s completely able to nonetheless preventing, he ought to nonetheless be preventing and it’s best to cease preventing if you really feel like you may’t actually again up, so I believe it was ill-advised to cease.”
Regardless of some up-and-downs throughout his time with the promotion that he’s referred to as dwelling since 2011, Aldo had nothing however reward for the way in which the UFC has dealt with its enterprise within the face of COVID-19. For its July “Combat Island” exhibits, officers laid out a complete plan for testing fighters to maximise security and maintain the present operating as easily as attainable.
Aldo is “amazed” by what he’s seen.
“I’m actually pleased, I’m actually impressed with every little thing,” Aldo stated. “The UFC’s making everybody really feel actually snug. The quarantine was wonderful, I didn’t have an issue with that. The entire course of to return right here, the entire infrastructure, every little thing that’s put in place,
“I’m fairly amazed and it’s form of surreal to see all this taking place. All this good taking place on this dangerous time.”