White Responds To Barao’s Pay Gripes: ‘He’s Not A Star Yet, You Have To Deliver Numbers’
Earlier this week, UFC bantamweight champion, Renan Barao came out and discussed his contracted wage with the UFC.
Wanting more money, the Brazilian based fighter compared his purse to that of his last opponent, Urijah Faber, who makes a nice chunk more than himself. And Faber isn’t the champ.
During yesterday’s pre-fight media day, Dana White addressed the comments and put it pretty simply.
“Show me a guy who’s thrilled with his contract. I want to meet that fucking guy. Even Manny Pacquiao wasn’t happy with his money to fight Floyd Mayweather and that number’s $40 million.”
“When guys start talking like that, I hope that’s not the direction we’re going with Barao right now”
“It’s always going to be tough and Barao’s in this spot. Listen, who’s been beating the Barao drum more than me? I think this kid, he’s not there yet. He’s the champion, but not the big star yet.
“Who says more positive things about Barao than me? Guy’s been winning fights for nine years and hasn’t lost, he’s on this incredible win streak, he finishes guys. He comes in, he’s a fun fighter to watch, exciting. I don’t disagree. I don’t disagree. You have to be able to deliver the numbers and we’re in the process now of building Barao into the star that I think he should be.”
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