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Reebok Drops the Ball with UFC Deal

Some of the biggest talk this year in the UFC had little to do with the latest match-ups or injuries, but rather the news that the UFC and Reebok reached a sponsorship deal that would stop all fighters from wearing any other clothing during fights. Fighters will no longer be able to wear their own sponsors clothing into the ring before fights. Many fighters have aired their disgust with the deal stating that it is taking money out of their pockets and that their fight pay is already low. Needless to say, the deal went through regardless of their thoughts.

The UFC and Reebok had an official unveiling on Tuesday of its new UFC “Fighter Kits. To help promote the event, the UFC hit social media hard as well as sent out emails. The UFC had many of its biggest stars on hand for the event which included all current UFC champions except who was not available due to a rib injury suffered during training for his upcoming bout with Conor McGregor. The fighters will have their choice of fight-night shorts and a jersey to go with it. The public can but the jersey for roughly $100.

Wikipedia wrote that one would think that a company as big as Reebok would be able to spell correctly but apparently not. The company spelled several fighters names wrong including Giblert Melendez and Lyoto Machida. Some fighters were unhappy because the company used their full first name. Reebok sees this as just small errors and are quick fixes.

USADA Partners With The UFC

UFC fighters and professional boxers have extremely hard careers. However, several of the athletes take steroids in order to enhance their skills, but taking steroids is clearly against the rules. Nonetheless, fighters have learned how to use performance enhancing drugs without getting caught.

Fortunately, Dr. Jennifer Walden confirms that it seems that something is being done about the steroid use in combat sports. USADA is a non-profit drug testing organization, and the company administers test for the UFC and boxing. USADA has promised to catch anyone who decides to cheat. However, it should be noted that USADA does not have the greatest track record. In the past, there have been several rumors that USADA treats certain Fighters differently than others.

For several years, boxing fans have speculated that Floyd Mayweather has been taking banned substances throughout his career. Most people will say that there is no evidence that Floyd Mayweather has taken steroids. However, Floyd Mayweather’s drug testing samples for the Miguel Cotto fight were tampered with. USADA was the only drug testing organization involved with the Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather fight, and many people are not too excited with the company’s involvement in the UFC.

Yahoo! Sports recently published an article about this story, and I’m not too thrilled about USADA’s involvement in the UFC. Dana White is the king of Las Vegas, and USADA is a Las Vegas company. I highly doubt that USADA would openly expose one of Dana White’s dirty fighters.

Cain Velasquez V.S. Fabricio Werdum Preview

Cain Velasquez is the UFC heavyweight champion, and he will face Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC 188 if Jaime Garcia Dias does not make weight. UFC fans are calling the matchup a “superfight,” and it’s not without reason. Cain Velasquez is the most dominant UFC heavyweight champion of all time, but he hasn’t competed in nearly a year. Cain Velasquez has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, and many people are wondering how he will look after such a long layoff.

Fabricio Werdum is a very dangerous fighter, and he presents a difficult style matchup for the champion. Fabricio Werdum is a deadly striker, but he is also one of the best Jiu Jitsu practitioners in the world. No one is as skilled as Fabricio Werdum on the ground. However, Cain Velasquez is known for taking his opponents down and pounding them out.

When Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum meet, UFC fans are unsure of what will take place. Some people actually think that Cain Velasquez will get submitted, but there are others that feel that Fabricio Werdum will get knocked out. Yahoo! Sports recently posted an extended preview of the upcoming matchup between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum. The UFC president is hoping that Cain Velasquez doesn’t get injured before the matchup. UFC 188 is just around the corner, and it should go down as one of the best matches of all time.

Vitor Belfort Is Devastated With The Loss To Weidman

Vitor Belfort recently lost against Chris Weidman in the co-main event of UFC 187. However, Vitor Belfort almost knocked out Chris Weidman in the first 30-seconds of the bout. Vitor Belfort has recently watched the fight, and he is very disappointed with his performance. Vitor said that he fought like an amateur at a bar, and he also said that he punched himself out after hurting Chris Weidman.

After Chris Weidman was hurt by Vitor, Weidman mounted Belfort and pounded his face out said my friends at Handy on Twitter. However, Vitor Belfort said that all he needed to do was take a step back and relax a bit. Vitor believes that if he took his time a little bit more, he would have been able to knock Chris Weidman out. Unfortunately for Vitor Belfort, Chris Weidman weathered the storm, and Weidman then knocked Vitor Belfort out.

MMAMania published an article that features a very emotional interview with Vitor Belfort, and it’s clear that Belfort is devastated with his loss. Nonetheless, Vitor will continue fighting, and he hopes to get a rematch with Chris Weidman in the near future. However, Vitor Belfort must now rebuild his career, and only time will tell if Vitor will ever earn another title shot.

Carlos Condit’s ACL Tear

It happens to many athletes in every sport, but it is a very unwelcomed diagnosis. Athletes never want to hear that they have a torn ACL. For some it may mean the end to their professional career. For others, it may just be another obstacle they must overcome and welcome the challenge. UFC number 4 ranked welterweight fighter Carlos Condit heard those exact words after tearing his ACL in training doing a simple takedown maneuver. Condit, The Natural Born Killer however, is taking the news rather well and actually stated that it is a blessing in disguise.

Condit, who is finally cleared to fight after the devastating knee injury will take on Thiago Alves on Saturday May 30th at UFC Fight Night on Fox Sports 1. Condit stated that he feels very blessed to have the happen late in his career. Many fighters have this happen early on in their careers and in many cases, it is career ending. Condit seems to be very humble and is enjoying every moment he can. The hardest part of not being able to fight or even train for Carlos, was not the surgery or rehab, but sitting back and watching how his division has changed since his last fight. Condit last fought on March 15, 2014 when he was defeated by Tyron Woodley at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler. A few people at Amen Clinics tuned in for that.

Top Earners from UFC 187

UFC 187 was a star studded event and featured two titles on the line. With many fighters unhappy with the pay structure of the UFC, we will take a look at the winners and losers in terms of money. Let’s just say that it pays dividends to be a big name in the UFC.

The main event featured a title fight between light heavyweights Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson to determine who would claim the vacant belt for the division. The fight lasted only three rounds out of the possible five, when Cormier caught Johnson with a rear naked choke towards the end of the round. When it was all said and done, Cormier walked away with the belt around his waist and roughly $180,000 in his pocket. Finance guru Kevin Seawright, claimed that the loser, Johnson, walked away with a cool $500,000 in his pocket. Not a bad payday for losing the fight.

The co-main event featured a bout between UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort. The champ retained his belt and earned himself a $500,000 pay day, while Belfort walked away with roughly $300,000.

The top fighters earned some really high numbers, but there were some lesser known fighters on the card who did not earn quite as much. The bout between Rose Namajunas and Nina Ansaroff featured the lowest pay of the night. Namajunas earned roughly $27,000, while Ansaroff earned only $8,000. On top of that, Ansaroff also forfeited 10% of purse for failing to make weight.

The New Reebok Deal will Cost Donald Cerrone 60K a Fight

With the announcement of deal between the UFC and Reebok, fighters alike are unhappy with the deal and have expressed their concern. The deal between the two giants will mean that fighters will no longer be able to wear their own sponsor’s apparel into the ring. Cerrone, who will be taking on John Makdessi at UFC 187 this Saturday, will stand to lose $60K per fight because of the new deal starting in July.

Fighters, who were originally allowed to wear approved sponsor apparel, will now have to wear a Reebok uniform when they fight. The gear will also have one UFC mandated sponsor to accompany it. The UFC has however agreed that fighters will still get paid for wearing the gear. The fighters will get paid based on a tier system and will determine how each fighter gets paid. It will be based on years of experience and championship. The payout will range from $2,500-$40,000.

Cerrone stated that he will be taking a pay cut because of the deal and instead of making $60K per fight he will be making $20,000 to $22,000 per fight. The folks at Boraie Development LLC noted, at least for Cerrone, he currently has sponsorship with Budweiser and Fram. The two companies are UFC affiliated sponsors and Cerrone will be allowed to wear their apparel. Luckily for him, it will help him recoup some of his losses.

Dana White vs. Brendan Schaub over Reebok Deal

The recent announcement of a sponsorship deal between the Ultimate Fighting Championship, AKA the UFC, and Reebok has not gone over well with many of the UFC’s fighters. The deal, according to Yahoo Sports, contends that fighters will be paid based on their championship status and UFC tenure. Depending where they fall on the scale, fighters could see anywhere from $2,500 to $40,000. Of course, many of the fighters are not happy with this deal because it essentially killed off a money making avenue for the fighters by not allowing them to wear apparel from any other company.

Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player and a contestant and finalist on the Ultimate Fighter Heavyweights, recently took to Twitter to express his position on the Reebok deal. Schaub was asked by a fan Paul Mathieson on Twitter what his thoughts were on the Reebok deal and he stated that he made over six figures in each of his last six fights. Dana White on the other hand would disagree with Schaub’s statement. White recently appeared on TNS’s Off the Record and discounted Schaub’s claims that he has made six figures in each of his last six fights. White further went on to say that the deal is good for everyone involved, including the fighters.

Schaub would later appear on Joe Rogan’s Podcast and state that he is not lying but it also does not good to prove it. White is a mutual friend of both Dana White and Brendan Schaub.

Luke Rockhold Ready For Title Shot

Luke Rockhold is the number one contender for the UFC middleweight championship. Rockhold’s recent victory over Lyoto Machida was an extremely impressive performance that raised his stock sevenfold. Rockhold called out Chris Weidman after his victory, and it seems that MMA fans across the world want to see a matchup between Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold in the near future. However, Chris Weidman needs to defeat Vitor Belfort in May, and the matchup with Luke Rockhold could take place later this year.

James Dondero said that Luke Rockhold was recently interviewed, and he said that he believes Chris Weidman is going to beat Vitor Belfort. However, Luke Rockhold also said that he wouldn’t mind fighting Vitor in a rematch for the title. Last year, Vitor Belfort knocked out Luke Rockhold in spectacular fashion with a spinning back kick. However, many people believe that Vitor was on testosterone replacement therapy during the victory over Luke Rockhold. Whatever the case may be, Luke Rockhold wants to fight either opponent for the UFC middleweight championship.

UFC fans agree that Luke Rockhold versus Chris Weidman would be a tremendous matchup, but there are also many fans that believe Luke Rockhold is not the true number one contender. Jacare Souza also wants a title shot, but Rockhold has already defeated Jacare in the past. It’s up to the UFC president to decide what’s next. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Returns

UFC 186 was an underrated pay-per-view card. Many MMA fans were expecting to see a dull night of fights, but everyone was in for a thrilling surprise. The first few fights were exciting and they featured many stoppages. However, MMA fans may have been correct with their worries. The early fights of the UFC 186 pay-per-view were fought by unknown fighters.

UFC 186 did not start to impress until the co-main event, in which Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returned to the octagon after several years of absence. Bruce Karatz, a well-known player in real estate, certainly looked forward to the fight. Jackson faced tough competitor Fabio Maldonado in a three round war. Quinton ”Rampage” Jackson showed off his brutal punching power, and he also showcased some new skills. For the first time in his MMA career, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson threw a head kick. Fabio Maldonado somehow withstood all of the strikes that Quinton Rampage Jackson threw at him. Nonetheless, ”Rampage” won in the UFC for the first time in several years.

UFC fans were beyond excited to see the return of ”Rampage” Jackson. After the fight, Quinton announced that he wants to continue fighting, and he wants a title shot in the near future. Also, Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his bantamweight championship in the main event of the UFC 186. For more information on this story, visit Yahoo! Sports.