Barao: Faber not even the champ but gets much better purse than I do


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, 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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12SixElbow site profile image  

4/25/14 2:46 PM by 12SixElbow

Barao brought in WAYYYYYYY more viewers and MONEY than Faber did in thier fight. In 2009, the UFC was pulling in about $3 million ($6 million real) a year from their partnership with the Brazilian TV network Globo. UOL's Noticias da TV reports that by 2012 that number was up to $60 million ($120 million real). That's a massive jump over a short span, much of which rides on the back of the Globo channel Combate, which has seen their subscription numbers jump from 30,000 to 360,000 over the same three years.   So what's worth more? millions and millions of viewers and huge TV deals in Brazil? Or 200k PPV buys?

Penguin of Death site profile image  

4/25/14 1:13 PM by Penguin of Death

Things like this make me dislike Zuffa. Barao kills it every time and is their champ yet his base pay is less than Schaub's.Pathetic.

Shill_Detector site profile image  

4/25/14 1:05 PM by Shill_Detector


flip_guard site profile image  

4/25/14 11:26 AM by flip_guard

I agree... If a challenger becomes the Champ, his next fight should automatically change to some kind of a "minimum Championship pay" and should have a large win bonus. For example, if the Champ is getting paid $100,000 to show and $100,000 to win and the challenger only gets $30,000 to show, the challenger should also get $$100,000 win bonus if he does win as opposed to his regular $30,000 to win.His next fight to depend the belt should be some kind of a minimum Championship pay which could be $100,000 to show and $100,000 to win or an automatic clause to renegotiate a contract if they feel that they can do better than $100, 000 show and win. If he lose the belt on the next fight, his pay could go back down to $30,000/$30,000 unless he did get renegotiated for more $$$.This put some integrity on having a championship belt.

flip_guard site profile image  

4/25/14 11:09 AM by flip_guard

Agree...Barao should definitely be getting paid for being a Champion and an exciting fighter. Others who has complained in the past ...not so much!!!

mcheezy site profile image  

4/25/14 9:23 AM by mcheezy

good points. barao has a similar record to what fedor has in his peak as well. they could easily mark him as an mystical machine who beats everyone in his path.

brahmabull81 site profile image  

4/25/14 1:37 AM by brahmabull81

I hope, that instead of this putting him in the "doghouse" so to speak, that they realize hes right and that they re-write the rest of his contract accordingly. That would be the right thing to do. DO IT Lorenzo.

Samoa site profile image  

4/25/14 1:34 AM by Samoa

Wasn't Bush in office the last time Barao lost?! Pay this guy already.

I Wild Each It site profile image  

4/25/14 1:33 AM by I Wild Each It

Is this supposed to be a popularity contest, or a legitimate sport? The Egg of Greed and his minions can't seem to make up their mind.

dubate site profile image  

4/25/14 1:14 AM by dubate

So Demetrious Johnson deserves to make more money than extremely popular fighters like BJ Penn, Mark Hunt, Dan Henderson, Shogun Rua, Junior Dos Santos, Lyoto Machida, and Vitor Belfort just because he has a belt? You fight your entire career and build up a huge fan base but you have to take a pay cut since you are no longer in your prime and a less popular fighter is now champion. That is retarded.