Dana White Discusses Reports That Renan Barao is Hurting For Sponsors
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.04.2013
"It has nothing to do with him being the interim champion.” – Dana White
- Dana White recently responded to reports from Renan Barao's coach saying that his fighter is losing money due to being labeled "interim" champion. Here are the highlgihts…
On Renan Barao Coach Saying Barao is Hurting For Sponsors Due to Interim Champion Tag: "He's losing money because they're not doing a good enough job promoting him. That's why they're losing big money. They're losing money because he isn't out there trying get sponsors hard enough. (Barao's) out there beating all the guys. I love Andre Pederneiras – we go way back. But Andre Pederneiras, some of the things he says are a little out there and a little crazy. It's not because he's the interim champion that he's not getting sponsors. It has nothing to do with him being the interim champion," White said. "Some guys are just harder to promote. Look at Chuck Liddell. It took Chuck Liddell a long time before he broke through, and look at what a huge start he became. Sometimes it just takes time. Renan Barao doesn't have the most explosive, dynamic personality."
On Lower level Guys Promoting Themselves Well: "If you look at a guy like Conor McGregor, the guy's had two fights in the UFC and everyone around the world knows who he is," White said. "He's got this thing about him, this persona. Renan Barao might not have that explosive, dynamic personality, but that dude is amazing when he steps in the octagon. He's an incredible athlete, and now he fights to finish. He hasn't lost in over eight years. Renan Barao will get his due some day."