Coach: Interim title hurting Renan Barao

September 26, 2013

Nova Uniao founder recently appeared on MMAjunkie.com Radio and expressed frustration that his student, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, is still not the real champ, despite an unprecedented second defense of the interim belt.

UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz says he will be ready to defend his title in January, and UFC president Dana White says if he is not, he will be stripped of his title. The chance to unify the belts cannot come too soon for the Brazilians.

"He's very frustrated because he needs to make money," said Pederneiras. "So many sponsors here in Brazil are not sponsoring him because he's not the real champion from the UFC. He's the interim champion. He's losing money every day.

"The sponsors here want a real champion. A linear champion."

"I don't want another opponent. I want to make the fight happen by February, or I need to talk to Dana to take his belt, because more than two-and-a-half years, I don't understand. But he said he was probably going to be fighting in February.

"I've been waiting for that and praying every day for it to happen. Renan wants to fight Dominick."

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