There has been widespread criticism of Jose Aldo since it emerged that he was pulling out of the UFC 189 main event. While that criticism might be stinging the wounded champion, surely nothing will be hurting more than the knowledge that he has lost out on a monster payday.
The exact amounts that he, and Conor McGregor, were set to earn have been widely speculated about, but today a reliable source provided a rough figure.
“He probably would’ve made close to four million”, Dana White told Ryen Rusillo on ESPN radio.
It is a revelation that provides food for thought.
When Aldo first spoke out after his withdrawal, he responded to those questioning how he could leave a massive cheque on the table with a quote, that even his most ardent haters, would have to agree was wonderful.
“Money comes in second place, it’s like a shadow: when you try catching it, you can’t, but when you move forward, it follows you. Money ends some day, but legacy and things you do becomes part of the history, and that’s what I value the most.”
Some might speculate that he could have fought on. Dana White has said on numerous occasions that Donald Cerrone recently fought with a similar injury. Most people would say that for millions of dollars they would have gone in there missing a limb. What those people don’t understand, however, is the mentality of a real winner.
There will be those who will say that a true champion would have the bravery to fight injured. Is that really brave? Those that do it, often do it for financial reasons. Aldo withdrew because he cares more about winning and legacy, than cash.
How much does one have to want victory to turn down that payday? How much integrity does one have to possess in order to cling to his life’s philosophy in the face of such temptation?
Perhap’s in the end, sacrificing the money was the bravest thing of all.