Barao coming to America, to learn English


Many people think that Renan Barao is the best fighter in mixed martial arts. Ahead of his fight with challenger T.J. Dillashaw in the main event of UFC 173 Saturday night, no one thinks he is the most popular.

UFC president Dana White addressed the issue recently and said he loves Barao, popularity takes time, and that English is not necessarily an impediment.

"Nobody was talking about Anderson Silva when Anderson Silva wasn't being called all the great things he's being called today. It took a long time. It took a long time for Chuck Liddell. These things don't happen over night."

"I hear he's not handsome enough, I hear he doesn't speak English. Listen, if you're showing up to see handsome guys speak on Saturday you're coming to the wrong f---ing show, okay?"

At a media event on Friday, Barao agreed that if he keeps winning popularity will follow, but noted he is coming to America to develop his English skills.

"English is very necessary," said the Nova Uniao protege through an interpreter, as transcribed by BloodyElbow. "So, it's in my plans to maybe move to America in the near future to try and learn some English."

Barao said he would do some training in the States, but emphasized that the purpose of the trip was to learn English. And like White, he cited time as the key to connect with fans.

"It's still my second defense, so I still have a long way ahead," said Barao. "If I continue with this track record, I'm going to be recognized and famous."

What do you think UG? Are you hoping to watch handsome guys speak on Saturday night?

A recent UG Poll was not definitive on the subject:
He doesn't speak English 18.06%
He is fighting in a lighter weight class 12.50%
He's not good looking enough 6.94%
He washes his clothes in the sink 4.17%
Some of the above 25.00%
All of the above 15.28%
Other 18.06%


tags: UFC 173   Renan Barao (detail)  T.J. Dillashaw   


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hawgchao site profile image  

5/25/14 12:12 PM by hawgchao

now at least he will realize what all those people meant with the phrase, "you got knocked the fuck out"

RyannVonDoom site profile image  

5/24/14 9:27 PM by RyannVonDoom

The more i think about it, the more i wonder why he hasnt learned english in the millenia he's been alive...

I LOVE DIAZ  (no homo) site profile image  

5/24/14 9:13 PM by I LOVE DIAZ (no homo)

jesus, war wand I don't even wanna quote that.sheesh.damn.

SlipSlap site profile image  

5/24/14 9:04 PM by SlipSlap

Just get a Rosetta Stone, B.

XxLiveBaitxX site profile image  

5/24/14 6:57 PM by XxLiveBaitxX"Hey Barao, you're rents due muthafucka, and don't be pulling that falling down the stairs shit on me you hear, are you conscious?!?"

BJTT_Bromovich site profile image  

5/24/14 5:06 PM by BJTT_Bromovich


jwistead site profile image  

5/24/14 5:05 PM by jwistead

One of Dana's better, recent quotes.

John M site profile image  

5/24/14 4:36 PM by John M

He should just listen to Call Me Maybe and he'll be good. This is also good though. He should bring Aldo with him.

RollHighAllDay site profile image  

5/24/14 4:34 PM by RollHighAllDay

It's weird that they are publicly letting everyone know that they are doing their best to groom barao to "sell" him to the public. "You guys just wait, after this next fight, we're giving barao an extreme UFC sexy makeover. It's going to be barao 2.0, (basically new teeth)"