Chael Sonnen: Jose Aldo To Lose Over $3.5 Million If He Pulls Out Of Conor McGregor Fight At UFC 189


While the status of the highly anticipated Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor grudge match for the UFC Featherweight Championship is still up in the air due to Aldo’s injured ribs, former UFC title contender Chael Sonnen says there’s plenty of reasons — 3.5 million to be exact — why Aldo should think long and hard before making his decision.

The American Gangster took to social media to write about the controversy surrounding the scheduled UFC 189 main event, which is scheduled to air live on pay-per-view on Saturday, July 11, 2015, pointing out the fact that Aldo, due to being involved in what has become a “super fight” due to the brash antics of the king of showman — “The Notorious” Conor McGregor — stands to lose 3.5 million dollars in pay-per-view bonus revenue if the fight does not come off as scheduled.

“Aldo hurt his rib, that we know. Is he out? We can only speculate, but why not. Speculation is fun,” Sonnen said via his official Facebook account.

“Aldo is in on the PPV. He he gets a cut as long as he meets predetermined thresholds. The bad news for Aldo is that he has never met even the minimum threshold and thus has never gotten to participate in a back end bonus. This fight will generate a million buys which would convert to a bonus of roughly 3.5 million dollars. So, hurt or not — will he make the walk?”

Of course, even if Aldo is willing to “man up” and take the challenge of defending his title with a potential severe injury, there is always the possibility that he won’t be allowed to — even if he wants to, a point that the West Linn native points out as well.

“When your injury reports surface on the web, it may not be an issue of Aldo being tough and gutting it out, it may be one an issue of the Commision stepping in and saying ‘no go’,” Sonnen wrote. “Whoever within his team leaked the training room information to the media, may have just cost Aldo 3.5 million dollars.”

UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, airing live on pay-per-view. As reported earlier this week, if Aldo is unable to compete, former two-time title contender Chad Mendes will step in to fight McGregor for an interim UFC Featherweight Championship in the new main event of the pay-per-view.

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