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Tuesday, 10/01/2013, 11:45 am

Dana White: For All Intents And Purposes, Barao Is The Real Bantamweight Champion


“Renan Barao is a champion. If you look at Renan Barao and what he has done, he’s beaten everybody that Dominick Cruz would be fighting if Dominick Cruz was healthy and was the champion. So, [the interim label] takes nothing away from [Barao], other than just that pin, that place holder until Dominick Cruz comes back… But for all intents and purposes, Renan Barao is the real champion. He’s the one that’s beating the guys that need to be beaten.”

While on the UFC 168 world tour, UFC President Dana White, told the fans and media in Brazil that their own, Renan Barao, should be considered the real world champion despite holding the interim title.

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6 Comments to Dana White: For All Intents And Purposes, Barao Is The Real Bantamweight Champion

  1. KIDD433 says:

    Old news, Barao’s been champ in my eyes

  2. The Way Of The Dutchman says:

    Exactly KIDD433!
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    Barao has been beating the who’s who of the division with great dominance and frankly I don’t see how Cruz is going to beat Barao.

  3. KIDD433 says:

    They need to make it official and give the man his belt he’s earned. Cruz can get a crack at it when he returns.

  4. Brett says:

    I was disappointed that the TUF wasn’t Cruz/Barao in the first place. The only reason why Faber was on there was because of his popularity. When I heard Cruz was injured, I started praying that Barao would get his shot, and he’s REALLY made it count!

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