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Reebok Athlete Outfitting Policy violated with three fighters fined by the UFC
Thursday January 7, 2016— UFC on FOX 17 featured lightweights Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone. The event took place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The main card was aired on FOX while the prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
You can check out the results, bonuses, video highlights & post fight press conference by clicking here. For the Reebok sponsorship payouts click here. Also, you can check out the medical suspensions here and the salaries here.
For the first time since instituting the Reebok deal, the UFC has fined 3 fighters, and warned 12 more for violating the Reebok Athlete Outfitting Policy. Tracey Bleczinski, the UFC Senior VP of Global Consumer Products, stated that the fighters Reebok sponsorship payouts will have some deductions since they “knowingly and seriously” violated the guidelines.
UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski told MMAjunkie:
“We have had over 99 percent compliance with the Athlete Outfitting Policy” “This week will be the first time that we will be issuing reduction in payments for non-compliance with the policy.”
Bleczinski also stated:
“A warning is issued when an athlete is non-compliant but agrees and takes steps to correct the infraction” “There is ample opportunity for an athlete to correct an infraction. The equipment department, as well as our athlete relations teams, are onsite at the event throughout event week, helping the athletes to be compliant. We know that there’s very much an educational process around this, and so that’s why they’re just receiving a warning letter.
“A payment reduction is enacted when an athlete knowingly and seriously violates the policy after receiving an opportunity to correct it.”
Bleczinski is yet to release the names of the fighters, and the amount of money they will be fined.
Under the new sponsorship deal with Reebok, here are the program’s payout tiers: 1-5 bouts receive $2,500, 6-10 bouts get $5,000, 11-15 bouts earn $10,000, 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000, 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.
UFC fighters will also receive payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.
Donald Cerrone didn’t show an outside sponsor, but it’s still questionable if he broke the rules by stitching a patch on his Reebok shorts. Below is a photo where you can clearly see the patch, which is a part of Cowboy’s old Muay Thai shorts, which is a tradition and the patch also honors his grandmother.
Cowboy did reply on twitter about this issue:
I sure did https://t.co/X3XkUJtMVX
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) January 7, 2016
Nate Diaz could also be fined since he did weigh in wearing his jeans. Rafael Dos Anjos also wore a shirt from an outside sponsor and fight team at the weigh ins. But it’s still uncertain which fighters will be fined. Stay tuned for a possible statement from the UFC about this issue.
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