Former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire has kept a peculiar eye on the whole situation between Jose Aldo and the UFC, but he does not think Aldo is smartly expressing himself during the whole process.
Freire especially took issue with a recent comment by Aldo where he called every MMA promotion, outside of UFC, “B League.”
“By attacking other organizations, not only is he closing those doors, but also speaking poorly of several high-level fighters, including his teammates and friends, Eduardo ‘Dudu’ Dantas, and John ‘Macapa’ Teixeira,” Freire told MMAjunkie.
With how much things have changed in the last year or two, Freire thinks Aldo is forgetting UFC is not the be-all end-all in MMA anymore.
“Names like Phil Davis, Rory MacDonald, and Henderson have all migrated to Bellator,” he said. “And other high profile fighters in touch with the organization are all being offered much higher salaries than by the UFC.”
He even points to Aldo’s initial rise to fame, before the UFC even featured weight classes under lightweight.
“Aldo should remember he was once a WEC fighter, an organization said to be inferior to the UFC and that everyone thought he wouldn’t be able to beat any top lightweights if they chose to drop down,” Freire said. “He seems to forget that the current UFC lightweight champion (Eddie Alvarez) was once the Bellator champion too. Things change.
“I’m starting to think that [Conor] McGregor was right in regards to several things he said about Jose Aldo – more specifically when he said he couldn’t stand to be there anymore. I don’t think Aldo’s being smart by expressing his dissatisfaction against the organization he represents in this way.”