UFC Bantamweight champion Renan Barao has not lost since his first fight, nearly ten years ago, and is ranked #3 in the UFC's official pound of pound rankings.
1 Jon Jones
2 Jose Aldo
3 Renan Barao
4 Cain Velasquez
5 Demetrious Johnson
6 Chris Weidman
7 Anderson Silva
8 Anthony Pettis
9 Johny Hendricks
10 Ronda Rousey
However, in a recent interview with Brazil's Esporte.br, the champ expressed concern with his compensation.
"I'm very happy being an UFC champion. But I would like to improve my contract," he said. "Actually, an example: I know that Faber is a much older guy on the UFC, but he's not even the champion and has a much better purse than mine.
"It is what it is, we're working for it to improve. I hope that after this fight I can have a much better contract. I hope it improves everyday. This depends on the contract, but I hope they remember that I saved an event.
"I prefer to rest a little more, but the UFC needed me, so I'm here to save the event. Unfortunately, Weidman got injured, so they called me and I accepted.
It's always good to fight in these big events, I was pretty happy."
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Although it is no way reflects his entire compensation, MMA Manifesto estimated Barao's reported salary for his latest title defense vs. Urijah Faber at UFC 169 as $22,000 ($11,000 to show, plus an $11,000 win bonus). Faber's estimated reported salary was $100,000. On the same card Alistair Overeem's estimated reported compensation was $407,143 ($285,714 to show, plus a $121,429 win bonus). Teammate Jose Aldo reportedly made $240,000 ($120,000 to show, plus a $120,000 win bonus). NOTE: There figures are estimates only, and may be grossly incorrect.
Barao later offered clarification, in a message to Combate.
"After reading news of my quotes in media, I would like to say that I have never said that I was saving the UFC in this card in the sense that was published and much less that I would think that the UFC is in debt with me," said Barao. "This is my job. I haven't spoke with that context, I haven't tried to say that I was unhappy about how much I earn and that I want to renegotiate my contract. I just signed a new contract then I had no need to ask for another. When I was asked about my purse, I said what I always say: there is always how to improve it. If Faber earns more money or less than me, this isn't my problem. He has his bills to pay and I have my bills. He also has a problem with his ugliness and I with my beauty (laughs)."
"I want to say to Dana that I won't look for the press again if I have a problem with the numbers of my purse. I will leave it for my manager Andre Pederneiras to contact the UFC to discuss this subject."
Barao's reference to saving the event refers to UFC 173. Vitor Belfort dropped out of the scheduled title fight with Chris Weidman after the Nevada State Athletic Commission gave Testosterone Replacement Therapy a red card. Then Weidman dropped for surgery.
So Barao next fights T.J. Dillashaw in the main event at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014.
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