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Jose Aldo Is Threatening to Sue Chael Sonnen and the UFC for Defamation, Apparently


(Aldo, seen here checking out his new fighter kit.)

While Jose Aldo has never been one to mince words with the UFC brass, the idea that he might actually bring legal action against his employers has never been something we considered with much gravitas. That is…UNTIL NOW. MAYBE. (Probably not).

See, when Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 189 with what was at first being called a fractured rib, the UFC — as it so often does — went into something of a panic mode, stating that the featherweight champion’s rib was *not* fractured and bringing in their own team of doctors to dispute the seriousness his injury. Dana White took things a step further in claiming that Aldo’s “fear of making weight” was behind his withdrawal from UFC 189, a sentiment which Chael Sonnen more or less echoed while questioning Aldo’s injury on his podcast, You’re Welcome.

During the most recent episode of Sonnen’s aforementioned podcast, however, the former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger revealed that his speculation could land him (and his former promotion) in some (more) legal trouble if he didn’t shut up about it already.

I get a phone call. So I answer it on the car speaker. It’s a lawyer from Brazil threatening to sue me for defamation. Her client? Jose Aldo.

“They said, ‘we won’t sue you if you stop talking about it.’ I said, ‘Hold on, I’ll go a step further than that, if I said it and it’s not true, I’ll give them an apology.’ I don’t want to go around saying the guy put out two X-rays if that’s not true, but I’m a little confused here. I parroted this information, I heard it and I repeated it, so where did this story come from? I heard this at a UFC press conference.

“The attorney said, ‘yeah, well pay attention in the next few days, you won’t hear the UFC saying it anymore because before we called and threatened you with a lawsuit, we called and threatened them with a lawsuit.’

“I have to assume he’s telling the truth. Jose Aldo is threatening to sue me and claims that he threatened to sue the UFC. That’s a pretty big bluff. That’s a big enough bluff that I think he’s telling the truth.

I don’t mean to add fuel to the fire here ( I totally do), but does anyone remember who was the last guy who threatened to sue Sonnen for similar claims? Lance Armstrong. Chael Sonnen is a prophet, a truthsayer of the highest caliber, and it’s clear to me that Aldo is only shaking him down because he knows that Sonnen is hot on his trail. It’s a scandal, I tells ya! One that goes all the way to the tippy top!!

Domestic violence, unwarranted firings, and fighters suing fighters and employers alike. Tough week, eh, Dana?

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