Jose Aldo says UFC President Dana White specifically advised him against the idea of forming a fighters’ union in the UFC.
Long seen as one of the more prominent proponents of fighters’ rights inside the Octagon, the interim UFC featherweight champion says White said he would be better off if things remained as is.
“Not only now that I’m the one being affected, but I always talked about it and defended better things for Brazilian athletes,” Aldo told MMA Fighting. “In a conversation, Dana himself came and told me not to take anyone’s sides because the cake would be split the same for everyone, but I could get a bigger slice if I stayed quiet.”
While organizations like the Pro Fighters Association have surfaced to try and create a united front for fighters in the UFC, Aldo says this has been a long time coming.
“We should have that a long time ago already,” Aldo said. “Pepper in other’s a*s is refreshment. When everyone can talk, nobody does, but when you feel it yourself… I think our class is disorganized, disunited. If we were more united, it would be better, for sure. Nobody would do what they want with us.
“Today, they pay two, five, 10 thousand to fight in the UFC. This class is f—–g disunited. It would be completely different for Brazilians if we were more united, not only in MMA.”
Aldo is currently at odds with the UFC, saying he no longer has an interest in competing inside the cage following the UFC’s decision to grant Conor McGregor a shot for the lightweight title.