Former UFC bantamweight champion and pound-for-pound star Renan Barao has denied signing for unknown fight promotion Serbian Battle Championship.

The European fight outlet made an official announcement on social media last week confirming the high-profile former UFC fighter would join their roster, it read.

“We have a little special guest and an incredible and rare honor to host former UFC World Champion, MMA sports legend Renan Barao! @renanbaraoufc ‌Renan is a former UFC bantamweight champion who has held one of the longest winning streaks in MMA sports history – 32 consecutive wins! While being the UFC World Champion he was ranked in the top three pound-for-pound fighters and was considered one of the best MMA fighters on the planet! Renan has signed a contract for multiple fights for appearances at Serbian Battle Championship Revenge events!”

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The story caught many by surprise, including Barao himself, who has been forced to deny signing for the unknown fight promotion. Speaking to Combate, Barao confirmed he is still a free agent, is not currently negotiating with anyone, and is weighing up his options after being released by the UFC late last year. 

“I didn’t sign any contract. I just went to the guest event. Only that. I took a picture because I was part of that event, but not as an event athlete.

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“At the moment, I’m giving myself more time, I’m training, but in the very near future, I think about going to another organization and continuing my career, for sure. I’m still young, and I’m sure I still have a lot of wood to burn. It’s just a matter of time. At the moment I’m not negotiating with any event, I’m just training, a lot of jiu-jitsu, and organizing some personal things in my life.””

Which promotion should former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao sign with?

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