Jose Aldo Says Paulo Costa Missing Weight Is ‘Lack Of Respect’
Former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo criticized Paulo Costa for not cutting weight at all in the fight with Marvin Vettori.
Like other fighters, Aldo joined the people who thought it was a disrespectful move from Costa. During the interviews, Aldo said that it does not matter if Costa is Brazilian, he would say the same if Costa was his teammate, too.
“‘Dede’ (coach Andre Pederneiras) always told us that losing and winning is part of the fight, but our obligation was to make weight,” Aldo said.
“If you don’t make weight, it’s a lack of respect towards your opponent, the promotion, and the fans that are waiting for that. That’s how I was raised, that’s what made me the athlete I am today. To me, it was disrespectful. Even if he’s Brazilian, it could be a friend of mine or anything like that, if you ask me, I’d still say the same thing.”
Just a few days before the fight, Costa asked for a catchweight instead of a middleweight limit.
Costa and Vettori ended up fighting in the light heavyweight division category, nominated as the potential Fight of the Year.
Vettori was the one that celebrated victory inside the octagon.
Aldo, who is also Brazilian, was king of the featherweight in the UFC.
He was at the top of pound-for-pound rankings when he faced Conor McGregor, but it took only 13 seconds for the Notorious to earn the featherweight belt.
After suffering loss twice against Max Holloway, Aldo decided to move down in bantamweight to win another title. He earned several massive victories, and he will be headlining the next card of the UFC with Rob Font.