UFC 156's Jose Aldo feels fighters should earn, not talk, their way into title fights

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is not not a fan of fighters talking their way into title fights, saying they should start putting in the actual work it takes before being granted the opportunity to compete in a championship fight.

Chael Sonnen did it, Michael Bisping has been attempting to do it for the past few years and even Vitor Belfort took a stab at it after his recent win over "The Count" at UFC on FX 7.

Of course, I'm talking about fighters talking their way into title fights.

It seems the norm now, seeing as how Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers have granted high profile fights, including championship bouts, to fighters who seem to have a way with words, deserving or not.

UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, who wasn't blessed (or cursed) with the gift of gab, more than makes up for his lack of trash-talking skills with his all-around mixed martial arts (MMA) abilities. Those skills have propelled the Brazilian to the top of the 145-pound mountain and have kept him there for the last four years.

The soft-spoken "Scarface" isn't opposed to trash-talk; however, he is first in the picket line when it comes to protesting against fighters talking their way into title fights without putting the work in to get them. His belief is a simple one, really, saying one should "earn" the opportunity by fighting ... not talking.

He said as much at today's (Jan. 21, 2013) UFC 156 media conference call:

"Fighters calling people out or trash talking doesn't bother me. I don't think it's correct. Each person has a way to promote a fight to get an opportunity for their career. I don't like it, but it doesn't make me mad. Everybody should go up there and fight and go through opponents and earn their opportunity at the title, not talk their way to the title."

Aldo hasn't had to do much talking lately anyway, seeing as how his last six contests, dating back to his time spent in the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), have been championship bouts.

He will attempt defend his UFC featherweight title for the fourth time at UFC 156 on Feb. 2, 2013, against former lightweight kingpin Frankie Edgar in Las Vegas, Nevada, as the two scrappy fighters headline a stacked Super Bowl weekend event.

It's a championship bout that both men have earned and belong to be in.

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