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Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:30 am

For now, the fact that Alexis Davis is ranked ahead of Sarah Kaufman on UFC.com, despite going winless in two bouts against her fellow Canadian, is little more than a minor point of contention.


Come summertime, however, the Las Vegas-based promotion’s fighter polls will become far more than bar-stool and water-cooler fodder. In July, the UFC’s outfitting policy, which arrives as a result of a six-year agreement with athletic apparel giant Reebok, will take effect. At that time, fighters and their corners can only wear Reebok apparel at all UFC-related events. More importantly, fighters will receive compensation from that deal based on a five-tiered ranking system.


“Rankings are so subjective as is. We have fought twice before, Alexis and I. I have come out on the winning end of both of those fights, and in theory that should make you ranked higher than someone,” Kaufman said during an appearance on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show. “Up until now it didn’t really matter so much, but with the UFC bringing the Reebok deal, and that’s how you’re gonna be getting paid for sponsorships, it’s gonna get a lot more cutthroat with who’s where and who’s above whom and all that.”


Kaufman, who faces Davis for a third time at UFC 186 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 25, says she is already feeling the impact from looming deal.


“As of right now for this upcoming fight it’s been harder than ever to get sponsorships,” she said. “Because I think a lot of people and a lot of companies are clearly aware that Reebok is coming in and they’re taking over the market. So why put your money where you have in the past, and that’s the market that’s being taken over by Reebok. So it has definitely affected me for this fight.”


The change in the landscape has been obvious to the 29-year-old former Strikeforce champion. In the past, the alliance between managers and MMA apparel companies got fighters paid. Now those managers are going to have to get more creative to make a profit.


“I think it’s an interesting time in that the managers, who have been dealing with sponsorships... they work directly with these companies. They get allotted a certain amount of money to spend in a quarter,” Kaufman said. “And they dole it out how they see fit, if the companies are OK with that. And now I think you’re going away from that model to having managers really have to work hard and find these alternate routes.”


With Reebok deal taking away many fight-week earning opportunities, Kaufman can only hope that her hands-on approach to dealing with sponsors will pay off in other non-UFC endeavors.


“I’ve always been on the side of being as involved as possible with sponsors,” she said. “I don’t want to just take someone’s money and write a quick tweet, “Hey thanks so-and-so for the money” and then that’s it. To me, the sponsor is not getting their value out of that, and I’m not representing myself and their company to the best of my abilities.”


Of course, like most of her peers, Kaufman doesn’t know all that much about how the money from the outfitting policy will be distributed. Until the actual figures come out and checks are written, the best she can do is take a wait-and-see approach.


“We don’t really know how the Reebok deal is gonna work out. What we’ve been told is that you’re gonna be branded in Reebok; your corners are branded in Reebok and everything about you is Reebok,” Kaufman said. “Reebok seems like a great company. I’m not really putting anything on Rebook here, but we don’t know what the deal is. I’d love to get sponsored year round. That would be great.


“But on a fight-by-fight basis we’re not sure yet, other than it’s gonna be based on rankings and be a tiered system of sorts. How much is that gonna be? Is it gonna be $5? Is it gonna be $1,000? Is it gonna be $10,000? And until we really know that, we can’t really know how good that deal is gonna be for the athletes in general.”




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Re: Sarah Kaufman on UFC/Reebok deal

Post by stu3ufc on Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:42 am

UFC making fighters even poorer

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Re: Sarah Kaufman on UFC/Reebok deal

Post by CDF47 on Sun Apr 19, 2015 2:51 pm

^Yeah, sponsorship was the one area where fighters had some bit of freedom in the UFC but the Fuhrer put an end to that.

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Re: Sarah Kaufman on UFC/Reebok deal

Post by TeamJohnPerretti on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:49 pm

Zuffa continuing on with their mission to slowly but surely destroy mma.
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Post by stu3ufc on Mon Apr 20, 2015 2:52 pm

Pictured...... Reebok sponsorship deal finally paying out


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Post by CDF47 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:30 pm

stu3ufc wrote:Pictured...... Reebok sponsorship deal finally paying out


LOL....At least now they are saying the sponsorship pay will be based on fighters tenure with UFC, WEC, and SF (based on number of fights with these promotions and title/challenger fights).  That is an improvement from using the ranking system but this is still about Zuffa taking control of sponsorship.  The Reebok fighter uniforms were also described in a new Sherdog article.  The fighters will have uniforms with their name on them and with UFC, and Reebok logos.

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Post by stu3ufc on Mon Apr 20, 2015 4:35 pm

TIBAU will be a millionaire then!

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Post by CDF47 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:10 pm

stu3ufc wrote:TIBAU will be a millionaire then!

That's true but depends on how much Zuffa plans to take.

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Re: Sarah Kaufman on UFC/Reebok deal

Post by Rocksoldier84 on Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:53 pm

If were now basing it on tenures then I guess Frank Mir who's snapped a four fight losing streak will be the highest paid fighter.
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Post by CDF47 on Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:43 pm

Rocksoldier84 wrote:If were now basing it on tenures then I guess Frank Mir who's snapped a four fight losing streak will be the highest paid fighter.

Yeah, Mir has been around a long time.

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Post by stu3ufc on Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:45 pm

It really annoys me when dana compares ufc and sponsorships to basketball/ NFL when fighters make next to nothing like those athletes.

when dana told shane carwin to grow up about him being mad that carwin couldnt be sponsored by a rival energy drink.

fuck the ufc.

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