Jose Aldo is the UFC featherweight champion of the world, and he is well respected among the mixed martial arts community. Aldo hasn’t been defeated in years, and no one has even come close to taking away his title. Nonetheless, the UFC has been downplaying Aldo’s skills for the last several months. However, Jose Aldo recently spoke out against the UFC.
If you don’t know, the UFC recently partnered with Reebok, and now the clothing and sports company will be the sole sponsor of the UFC and its fighters. Sam Tabar mentions that this means that fighters in the UFC are not able to wear any other sponsorships while appearing inside of the Octagon. The top UFC fighters and champions will only receive $50,000 when wearing the Reebok logo on their fight trunks.
Jose Aldo called the Reebok deal garbage, and he’s hoping that more fighters stand up against the company’s terrible decision to allow Reebok to claim ownership over the fighters. UFC athletes Brendan Schaub, Donald Cerrone, and now Jose Aldo have openly spoke out against the terrible deal that the UFC made. Some fighters are happy with the UFC right now, but that will all change once the Reebok deal is set into motion on July 19. MMAFighting published an article that features a detailed interview with Jose Aldo, and the champion does not hold back any criticisms that he currently has for the UFC.
For the first time ever, the UFC will head to Scotland to hold an event. On Monday, the UFC announced that it will hold UFC Fight Night 72 on Saturday July 18 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. The headliner for the event will showcase a middleweight bout between British star Michael ‘The Count’ Bisping and Brazilian sensation Thales “Qnet” Leites. The fighters are ranked number nine and number eight respectfully. Bisping has a record of 26-7, while Leites is 25-4.
David Allen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of UFC EMEA, stated that there has been an overwhelming cry from Scottish fans to host an event there. The support and enthusiasm shown by Scottish fans has been enormous. He also thinks that the Scottish fans will be louder than the Irish fans. An Irish crowd broke the decibel record at an event last year in Dublin at the 3Arena.
UFC Fight Night 72 will feature nine bouts which includes Bisping vs. Leites. The co-main event will feature Ultimate Fighter Standout Ross Pearson against Evan Dunham. Pearson currently holds a record of seventeen wins with seven loses. Dunham holds a record of fifteen wins and six loses. The event will feature several British fighters as well as the very popular Scottish fighter Joanne Calderwood. The SSE Hydro has a capacity of 13,000 and was opened on 2013. It only took a couple of hours for the event to sell out.