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Old 02-18-2014, 08:40 AM   #21 (permalink)
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This is gonna screw a lot of MMA clothing companies. It isnt just about shorts either. Who is gonna buy shirts from brands that dont have fighters wearing their shorts?


bad move IMO.
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Only space for 2-3 sponsor logos on the shorts, and if they confict with who makes the uniform...things gonna get interesting.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:17 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Not really sure what's the whole point of this anyway.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Knee jerk reaction to Cody McKenzie wearing basketball shorts. Dennis Hallman probably didn't help either.

Also if it is a major brand like a nike or under armour the ufc can launch another part of their clothing brand that the fighters actually wear and sell it at walmart like tapout.

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I hope they go with ballerina outfits. Or gimp suits.
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I hate the idea of individuality being neutralized in anything. What's next, all fighters must get the same haircut and no facial hair is allowed?
On the bright side, we won't have to see any more fugly Vitor Belfort haircuts.
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See, imagine if Kalib Starnes was in a ballerina outfit & Nate Quarry wore a gimp suit. Would have made that match much better.
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Only space for 2-3 sponsor logos on the shorts, and if they confict with who makes the uniform...things gonna get interesting.
I can't see it being that much of a problem. NHL uniforms are currently made by Reebok, but that doesn't mean all the players have to wear reebok skates. The league does though make them where the pre approved uniform.

Without a doubt there is going to be push back, but at the end of the day the UFC is the company/promotion. I'm on the side that they don't treat fighters that badly and I believe this type of deal will help the under card fighters.

What I think will be more interesting is if the situation evolves where a fighter must wear a sponsor they don't support. Something akin to the Honus Wagner baseball card situation.

This hit its apex in the last half year with Cody Mckenzie, Danzig and Cole Miller, but goes to back to the situation with Dennis Hallman's shorts or when Mayhem wanting to come out of the dressing room like Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

There is nothing going forward that says any of the current MMA clothing manufacturers won't be able to supply shorts/tops/hats based around the UFC parameters. One fighter could be wearing the UFC approved Venom shorts whichever type while the other could be in TapOut. Besides this is the walk in and fight time, outside of that a fighter can get sponsored by and appear in ads for any company that wants to put up the money.
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I know people have been saying this for years, but it does seem like the UFC is trying to become a vertical monopoly (or perhaps monopsony). Control everything about the sport from top to bottom with the exception of tiny niche businesses and feeder orgs. This is just another step in that direction.
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