Yesterday the UFC sent a big buzz throughout the MMA world by not only announcing that Reebok will be making the promotion’s uniforms, but that the agreement will include sponsorship and sales revenue for fighters.
While the news has been welcomed by several, well established fighters, evidently one man who isn’t exactly sold on the agreement is Nate Diaz. Surprised?
Of course, Diaz and his older brother Nick have never been shy about sharing their opinions, even if it doesn’t jive with the Zuffa machine’s agenda. Following the UFC’s big presser to announced the Reebok deal, the following tweets emerged from Diaz’s Twitter feed:
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) December 3, 2014
Now if you think Diaz was serious about the phone hack bit, you sir or madam, need to learn a little more about the Stockton fighter.
If you haven’t read up on the uniform deal yet, what you should know is that while it will provide sponsorship and sales income (20% of sales will go to the athlete), fighters can no longer advertise other sponsorships during fight week. So, since we don’t really know much about the exact figures yet, it’s not surprising to see that some fighters aren’t down with the agreement.
In addition, the sponsorship cash will be based on where a fighter is ranked, so where they’re positioned has become even more important. As you may recall, some fighters, like Diaz, have been pulled from the rankings by the UFC in the past due to inactivity. Diaz was inactive, not because he was injured, but because he was in a contractual beef with the promotion.
All this aside, Dana White is saying that the UFC won’t receive “one penny” from the uniform deal and that the revenue is going to the fighters. So, since it doesn’t get going until mid-2015, it could be a little while yet until we see just how much its benefiting fighters financially.
Diaz is set to battle Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 13, December 13th, which will mark the first time he’s fought since last November when he stopped Gray Maynard.