Trainer Pederneiras: Renan Barao losing money, Jose Aldo still wants Pettis
Nova Uniao head trainer Andre Pederneiras said most of his fighters come from the favela, and they're literally fighting to put food on their tables.
One star pupil, UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (31-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC), grew up poor, but no longer needs to live hand to mouth. Pederneiras, however, said the fighter isn't maximizing opportunity while he's very near the top of the 135-pound class.
Just this past weekend at UFC 165, Barao became the first fighter in UFC history to twice defend an interim belt when he stopped Eddie Wineland. The performance won Barao a $50,000 bonus for "Knockout of the Night" as well as his show and win purses.
Barao is making more money as he continues to dominate the competition in the UFC, but according to Pederneiras, he could be making far more from other sources...
Piotr Hallman replaces Njokuani, meets Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 30
With his UFC debut a successful one earlier this month in Brazil, Piotr Hallman will fight again on a quick turnaround.
Hallman (14-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will step in for the injured Anthony Njokuani (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) next month at UFC Fight Night 30 to meet Al Iaquinta (6-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout. UFC officials announced the new booking overnight.
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Stephens rebooked for UFC Fight Night 32
Originally scheduled to meet on
Oct. 9, Rony Jason and
Jeremy Stephens will fight a
month later, after both fighters
sustained injuries in training.
UFC announced Wednesday the
featherweight bout between Jason
and Stephens, originally expected
to take place at UFC Fight Night 29
in Barueri, Brazil, will be part of
the UFN 32 card in Goiania, Brazil,
on Nov. 9.
Injury knocks Anthony Njokuani out of UFC Fight Night 30 bout with Al Iaquinta
The MMA gods had apparently
destined that Anthony Njokuani
wasn't going to fight Paul Taylor in
England next month. Now Njokuani is
Sources close to the fight on Tuesday
told MMAjunkie.com that the
lightweight has been forced off UFC
Fight Night 30 with an unspecified
injury. Njokuani (16-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC)
was set to meet replacement Al
Iaquinta (6-2-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on the
card after Taylor pulled out with an
injury, then retired.