UFC champ Renan Barao retreats on controversy about salary complaints

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Brazilian said his answer was misunderstood when asked about his money to fight and he won't discuss his contract again with the media.

Renan Barao sent today a statement to Combate.com trying to solve a misunderstanding with UFC president Dana White. The UFC bantamweight champion said that he didn't want to act like he was saving the UFC 173 and it isn't up to him tell how much money Urijah Faber should earn to fight.

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. 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).

Barao also promised to not discuss his salary again via media.

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.

After becoming aware of the possible contract complaints of Barao, Dana White showed his displeasure with the situation and said that the 135-pound champion isn't a star yet and the UFC was working to build his image. Barao faces T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 173.

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