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MagiK11 02-15-2014 11:13 AM

The UFC is developing fighter uniforms
 

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At December’s UFC on FOX 9 event, lightweights Cody McKenzie and Sam Stout faced off inside the octagon. ”Hands of stone” ended up winning a lopsided decision over the former “TUF 12″ competitor (McKenzie) that evening. However, it was Cody that would catch most of the media attention after the event, and for all the wrong reasons.

Cody went “old school” in terms of his attire for the UFC on FOX 9 bout with Stout, sporting a pair of plain white shorts that in fact still had the price tags attached. McKenzie’s choice of shorts did not sit well with UFC president Dana White, who told media:

“That’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen, and it’s even weirder that we let it happen. It won’t happen again.”
Also in December, the Zuffa fight boss promised that he was working on a way to fix sponsorships.
Yesterday, White told Bleacher Report that the uniform was one thing he was working on to deliver on that promise, but that nothing has been finalized just yet.

“We are. We’re working on it,” White said. “But nothing yet.”

According sources close to Bleacher Report, the deal is with a major apparel company and the uniform will be head to toe—including fight shorts, walkout shirt & hats, and every fighter in the UFC will wear it.

Sources also indicated that several spaces on the shorts and shirt will be reserved for fighters and managers to sell their own sponsorships. But outside of those spots, the uniforms will consist mostly of UFC-branded product and the brand of the apparel company.
The uniform deal would seemingly benefit lower-tier preliminary fighters who have trouble selling sponsorships on their own.

What do you think of the proposed uniform switch? Let’s hear it Penn Nation!
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Interesting.

HorsepoweR 02-15-2014 11:23 AM

Edit; never mind. Still a dumb idea.

Voiceless 02-15-2014 02:05 PM

So Anderson Silva style compression shorts, Vele Tudo shorts and Melvin Manhoef style gladiator shorts are not going to be allowed anymoreż :thumbsdown:

I still don't get what was the big deal about McKenzie's shorts. Without Rogan mentioning them, I probably wouldn't even have noticed a difference apart from them having no sponsors on it.

HexRei 02-15-2014 02:14 PM

wait a second, what was the big issue that made dana speak out about the shorts? the fact that they were plain white? i could see the tags being a bit of an embarrassment I guess, but I feel like that was probably not the whole problem.

ClydebankBlitz 02-15-2014 02:35 PM

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Originally Posted by HexRei (Post 2557985)
wait a second, what was the big issue that made dana speak out about the shorts? the fact that they were plain white? i could see the tags being a bit of an embarrassment I guess, but I feel like that was probably not the whole problem.

The shorts could easily have split, causing a major live wardrobe malfunction.

HexRei 02-15-2014 02:49 PM

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Originally Posted by ClydebankBlitz (Post 2558033)
The shorts could easily have split, causing a major live wardrobe malfunction.

what about the shorts made them more likely to split than other shorts?

aerius 02-15-2014 03:01 PM

I can understand banning banana hammocks so we don't have a repeat of the Dennis Hallman incident, but that's about it.

osmium 02-15-2014 03:08 PM

The pockets were actually the real issue with them since fingers could get caught in them rather easily. I think this is a good idea but they need to make sure to leave enough space for personal sponsors and allow the fighters to pick the type and color they want. They will probably be stupid and screw it up though.

amoosenamedhank 02-17-2014 08:52 AM

This seems like a sponsorship issue. If you're taking away the spots these guys have for sponsorship.. you could seriously be hurting their ability to make monye.

Guys are going to have to go back to the Bas Rutten days and have sponsors written on the bodies.

CupCake 02-17-2014 08:56 AM

I feel sorry for the companies like Venum, Sprawl etc that have UFC fighters wear their shorts and shirts, those guys are gonna feel it financially too.


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