Anyone that’s been following the career of Renan Barao knows that things are going pretty, pretty well, as the Nova Uniao fighter has gone 6-0 in the UFC now, and is the interim bantamweight champ. At UFC 165, Barao took out Eddie Wineland to defend his title for a second time, and also won an extra 50 grand for “Knockout of the Night.”
While clearly Barao is benefitting from the success he’s had in the WEC and UFC, the fighter’s renowned coach says the interim label is hurting him financially. Andre Pederneiras, who is also the head trainer of featherweight champ Jose Aldo, recently appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio and relayed the following:
“He’s very frustrated because he needs to make money,” Pederneiras said. “So many sponsors here in Brazil are not sponsoring him because he’s not the real champion from the UFC. He’s the interim champion. He’s losing money every day.
“The sponsors here want a real champion. A linear champion.”
That’s definitely got to be tough for Barao, particularly since he’s one of the planet’s best P4P fighters.
Pedereiras also said that if Dominick Cruz can’t return in February, then he hopes the UFC will intervene and take the fighter’s title, since it will have been “more than two-and-a-half years.” Cruz hasn’t fought since October, 2011, now due to two knee surgeries.
Here’s hoping Cruz-Barao happens and happens soon.
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