clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

UFC Quick Quote: Jose Aldo never earned a PPV bonus because he's the worst-drawing champion in history

New, comments
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

"Conor did everything right, Jose did everything wrong as he always does. He's the worst drawing champion in the history of the UFC. Numbers don't lie; he is the worst draw with the belt. He's never made a pay-per-view bonus because he's never met a minimum threshold. As much as these sound like insults to him, they've got him ranked as the No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and if I was on that ranking crew and got a vote, I would support it. But what makes him tick and what makes him go out there, I don't know. It's certainly not money. You would think (it was), because every interview he does all he does is bitch about money. He was staring 3.5 million dollars down the barrel and all he had to do was make weight, put his mouthpiece in and walk out when his music hit. And he elected not to do it, and I can tell you that a rib injury is about the most painful thing you can go through. I think it was a matter of him being tough enough and walking out there and giving his best performance on that night."

Forget everything you ever heard about Demetrious Johnson and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view (PPV) buys, because the title of worst-drawing champion in the history of mixed martial arts (MMA) belongs to Jose Aldo, according to retired UFC analyst Chael Sonnen (via MMA Junkie Radio). That's a strange designation for a combatant ranked as the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, who is now taking heat from the promotion for his withdrawal from UFC 189. Taking his place in the July 11, 2015 main event is featherweight contender Chad Mendes, who may not need to draw a dime on his own, because all the Las Vegas "Money" will come from Conor McGregor (according to this prediction). By that same token, UFC President Dana White shouldn't be so disappointed ... perhaps Mendes will be an improvement? If not, at least we've still got this phenomenal stud to look forward to (eventually).