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Thread: Dana White confirms UFC is developing universal uniforms for all fighters to wear

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rise View Post
    If it leads to fighter pay going up proportionally then I'm ok with it. In the long term it's a more lucrative model all around for the UFC to use it's power to get a big sponsorship deal in place and then pay each fighter a set amount based upon their placement on the card and the event itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rise View Post
    If it leads to fighter pay going up proportionally then I'm ok with it.
    I really doubt fighter pay will raise any amount more than marginally. The ufc's tax on sponsors has hurt fighters enough already, this just sounds like a shit deal for them now.



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    Don't be so pessimistic more revenue earned by the UFC means they can have more contracted fighters getting paid more money. The sponsorship system had plenty of time to flourish with little interference now they are going to try to standardize it so every fighter is fully utilizing the potential for advertising partnerships. The laisez faire approach is overrated and unrealistic.
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    Way to go Dana. Next up universal banners for the corner men to hang out before the match? Somehow I doubt that this deal will get most of the fighters the same amount of money they are getting from their sponsors now and meanwhile UFC, Fertittas and Dana just get richer.
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    Seriously you can see the boxing and Casino influence in how the UFC runs it's business. Dana airs all the dirty laundry. And as a company the UFC seeks to squeeze every nickel and dime it can from anyone associated with it's fighters. Leaving the fighters with less sponsorship money. That money is important to fighters who may only fight 2-3 times a year. I wouldn't be surprised if you have top ten fighters holding down full or part time jobs just to make ends meet. Would it kill the UFC to let these guys keep all of the sponsorship money? Between all the other revenue streams the UFC brings in, is this really going to make or break the company? I'm no "occupy wallstreet" guy by any means, but damn this is pure greed no matter how you cut it. Let the fighters fucking eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by initial_zen View Post
    I really doubt fighter pay will raise any amount more than marginally. The ufc's tax on sponsors has hurt fighters enough already, this just sounds like a shit deal for them now.
    This isn't really out of line with what most pro sport due and having official sponsors and using their gear for uniforms. It really depends on whether the UFC is going to pass the revenue they generate from this down to fighters. It could theoretically be beneficial to fighters especially those that struggle to bring in sponsors that couldn't pay the tax.

    The interesting part moving forward will be seeing how this plays out in relation to fighter contracts. The ufc is essentially forcing a a dress code and limiting ad space for fighters who are independent contractors. This could get uglier then the time then when they were forcing fighters to sign over digital likeness rights for the video game.

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    Do you guys realize that Dana is a spokesperson; a decision this big surely required the consent of the Fertitas. I get that he is an asshole, but how is this Dana's fault?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CtGreat View Post
    Do you guys realize that Dana is a spokesperson; a decision this big surely required the consent of the Fertitas. I get that he is an asshole, but how is this Dana's fault?
    That's a good point, it is a group effort. They are all dicks.
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    This is ridiculous. Taking away the only other way for an unknown or less popular fighter to earn more money. If they do this I wouldn't be surprised for the " Fighters Union" idea to gain a lot more momentum.
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    I actually have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, I agree with what everyone is saying about it potentially hurting other fighter's pay. However, I think the UFC's vision (not just Dana White) is to constantly expand their company into a full blown mainstream sports entity. One way to do that is by standardizing many aspects of it. Also bringing one (or many) huge sponsors to cover all their attire across fighters could overall increase the average fighter pay. I''m really interesting in seeing how this one plays out on many different levels.

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