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Renan Barao Puts Life at Risk, Makes $0.00
In case you’ve been away from the Internet for the last few days: The main event of UFC 177 was supposed to be bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao–an unnecessary rematch of their bout from May. Barao botched his weight cut, which caused him to fall and hit his head in the shower. He was rushed to the hospital and couldn’t fight. Weight cutting is a serious health issue, but Dana White and the UFC apparently don’t care.
Insults to the ego are one thing, insults to the wallet are another. The former is naught but the buzzing of flies, but the latter stings like Head and Shoulders in the eye. Renan Barao will probably get over Joe Rogan essentially calling him an embarrassment to himself and the UFC. But will Barao get over Dana White refusing to pay him his show money? Because that’s what Dana White is doing. He’s not paying Barao.
“Barao’s not making any money,” Dana White said at the post-UFC 177 media scrum. “I’m not paying Barao. Barao showed up and didn’t fight.”
It wouldn’t be a shameful Dana White moment without weapons-grade hypocrisy.
Henry Cejudo, who also messed up his weight cut and couldn’t fight, got paid.
“The other kid that didn’t make weight. The other kids will get paid,” said White.
First: Don’t call an OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST “kid.” That’s denigrating and stupid.
Second: What the fuck, Dana?
So Cejudo gets paid. Scott Jorgensen, who was supposed to fight Cejudo gets paid. But Barao doesn’t get paid for draining his body of precious nutrients and passing out because Dana White is mad at him?
Alessio Sakara got paid when he withdrew from UFC 122 the day of the event due to “flu like symptoms” but Barao doesn’t get paid? Nick Ring got paid when he had to withdraw from his UFC 154 fight when he got sick, but not Barao? Stefan Struve got paid at UFC 175 when he couldn’t fight, but not Barao?
This is as bad as when EliteXC paid a guy $1. White could have at least given Barao a Harley Davidson for his troubles…
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