The UFC women's bantamweight champion explained why she likes the new UFC-Reebok deal and also gave the real reason she hasn't worn any apparel sponsors inside the Octagon. NEW YORK-- It goes without saying that it appears to be a bit easier for one to favor the UFC's new six-year, $70 million dollar uniform deal with Reebokif you are one of the UFC champions set to make $40,000 per fight. For UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, she has that, plus a huge clothing sponsor like Buffalo David Britton outside of the Octagon, as well as a flourishing action-movie career. She's not one of the fighters in the first tier of the deal that will make $2,500 until after five fights (see the tiers here). However, Rousey certainly knows what it's like to struggle to get by and her story of her early days is now very well known. From working three different jobs, to living out of her car, the Olympic judo medalist is all too familiar with the financial struggles that many MMA athletes go through. It can also be very difficult for a lot of fighters to find sponsors and that's why if the champion was starting her career today, she would still be in favor of the Reebok deal. "I wish I had this Reebok deal when I was coming up because it would've been nice if I didn't have to hustle for an apparel sponsor," said Rousey, who will face Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (more on that here). UFC president Dana White mentioned that Rousey has never worn an apparel brand inside the Octagon and there is a big reason for that, which he hasn't mentioned. During her time as a champion in Strikeforce, Ronda had secured an apparel sponsor before her first title defense in August of 2012, and that was the last time she ever wore a brand inside the cage. "The first time I defended my title against Sara Kaufman, I wore Trauma MMA and it was only for nine thousand dollars and they still stiffed me," said Rousey, during a media scrum after the UFC-Reebok fight kit unveiling on Tuesday (June 30, 2015). "They just didn't even pay me and what am I even going to do about it? What could I do about it? You think that athletes have a bunch of money to go sue somebody for taking advantage of them? No." After she got stiffed by Trauma, Rousey's opinion was permanently changed. "And I still to this day, after I got stiffed on that one brand, I never worked with an apparel sponsor again because I just didn't trust anyone," she revealed. "It's nice to work with people that I can trust." The deal has been met with an abundance of criticism from the MMA community, but the undefeated women's champion is "happy to be a part of it," she said, before emphasizing that fighters can count on the money from Reebok, unlike other companies like the one that ripped her off. They can move up to the higher tiers and also secure an individual deal like her and several other fighters on the UFC roster. "I think it's awesome, not only that they have this deal and a tier system, but the more they win the more, they make and they can get their individual deals as well," she said. "It's so nice that you don't have to worry any more and you feel protected and to know that every single cent of the Reebok deal goes to the athletes. The UFC doesn't keep any of it." LINK to full story: Ronda Rousey defends UFC's 'awesome' Reebok sponsorship: 'I wish I had this deal when I was coming up' - MMAmania.com
View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAyqPjWTWqc Dan Henderson might be 44 but he's got fights lined up for years. Henderson signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC early in 2014...
Luke Rockhold assured us that he is indeed fighting Chris Weidman next for the UFC middleweight world championship. He then stopped by the It's Time podcast to tell Bruce and T.J. a little bit more about what it means to him to become the best in the world. "This is what I've been working for my whole life, is to be on top and to be regarded as the number one fighter in the world at my weight and hopefully beyond," he said. "In Strikeforce I just didn't have that option of being the number one fighter in the world, no matter who I beat and how well I performed. Now I have that opportunity to prove myself as the top guy in the world. It's been a long road." When the fight with Weidman does come, Rockhold is confident that he'll find a way to break the champion. He'll make the "All-American" work for every inch he takes, and he'll eat him up in other areas. "I'm going to scramble. I'm going to make him pay for every take down attempt he does. So, I will force that and he'll find himself in a lot of trouble. When it hits the ground he's going to have to scramble to get himself free and out of danger," he said. "I think this fight, ultimately, ends up on the feet and Weidman doesn't go the distance with me. He's not going to be able to keep my pace for 25 minutes. I think we've all seen him fade a bit in the fourth and the fifth. He stays strong. He's such a tough guy, he hangs in there. But, I'm going to keep a pace and pressure that he's never been used to. He's fighting guys who are running away from him. I'm not going anywhere. I'll be in his face, I'll be wrestling with him, I'll be making him work the whole 25 minutes, if need be, but I really don't see it going that far. Everyone has a breaking point. LINK to full story: Luke Rockhold on Chris Weidman: 'I am going to break him' | FOX Sports
Three-time UFC title challenger, retired fighter and ESPN MMA analyst Chael Sonnen takes nothing away from Jose Aldo’s accomplishments. But he still believes the UFC featherweight champion missed a career-making opportunity – one that could even hurt his career down the road. “I don’t think the UFC is going to be in a big hurry to put Jose Aldo back in the ring,” Sonnen today told MMAjunkie Radio. “He is the champion, so per the competitive architecture, they’re going to have to. But – he burned them five times. As quick as you can get that belt off Aldo and not give him a shot to get it back, not only has he burned you five times, but he is the worst drawing champ of all time.” Harsh words, indeed, for Aldo, who this past week suffered a fractured rib while in the final stretch of preparation for a meeting with Conor McGregor at next week’s UFC 189, which has been promoted as one of the biggest events of the year and is expected to break box office records. It was the fifth time an injury prevented him from defending his UFC belt, including previously canceled bouts at UFC 125, UFC 149, UFC 153 and UFC 176, though his level of activity is comparable to other champions on the UFC’s roster. Several doctors, including MMAjunkie’s own medical consultant, say the champ’s injury is serious enough to eliminate any thought of Aldo competing. It’s unclear why UFC President Dana Whitesaid the fighter had been cleared to fight on July 11. But like White, Sonnen questions why the champ was ever in the position to be injured. As previous reports indicated, Aldo suffered a rib fracture when a new sparring partner, Alcides Nunes, caught him with a spinning back kick during practice. The strike is one McGregor frequently executes in the cage, but Sonnen believes it’s too high risk in training, especially with a new partner. “You’ve got to have training partners you can trust,” Sonnen said. “I could be sparring with a guy and he forgot his mouthpiece, it wouldn’t matter. I’m not going to loosen his tooth, ever. If he goes with me, he’s going to leave in the same condition that he showed up in. He can trust me. Those are the kind of guys that you want to be working out with. “Accidents happen. This could have been an accident. But it was a spinning kick to the midsection. That’s a very hard strike to control – it’s the same reason we don’t throw elbows in practice. They’re just too hard to control, and if one gets away, even a light one, it can cut your opponent and he’s going to need stitches. There are some things you just don’t do on a partner; you save it for the heavy bag. I’m very confused as to how this even happened 10 days before a title fight.” While Aldo’s (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) injury prior to UFC 176 caused the cancelation of the pay-per-view, the promotion, which reportedly spent millions promoting the headliner between the champ and McGregor (17-2 MMA, 5-0 UFC), is moving ahead with McGregor opposite two-time title challenger Chad Mendes (17-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC). McGregor reported Wednesday that 2,500 Irish fans are headed to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. White said the event is expected to earn $7 million at the box office. The UFC executive also has said UFC 189 will break the one million mark in pay-per-view buys, though that prediction came prior to Aldo’s withdrawal. Sonnen agrees with McGregor that the headliner’s new prize, an interim UFC featherweight belt, should be switched to the undisputed title. “I couldn’t imagine pulling out of a fight, ever, for any reason, let alone a title fight, and he’s done it five times,” Sonnen said. “You can call it an interim championship – I guess that’s what you have to do. If I’m in charge, we strip him. LINK to full story: Chael Sonnen: I don’t think the UFC is going to be in a big hurry to bring Jose Aldo back | MMAjunkie
It's no secret that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title contender, Josh Koscheck, feels he left the promotion at the right time. UFC's new Reebok sponsorship deal goes into effect at UFC 189, which takes place next weekend (Sat., July 11, 2015) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. While company president has praised it as "awesome," a majority of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community remains unimpressed. The misspelled names in UFC's "Fight Kit" didn't help. Neither did including Koscheck in the roll out, considering he made the jump to Bellator MMA official this past weekend. Koscheck's concern wasn't that Reebok would spell his name wrong on the checks. It's that banning sponsors other than Reebok would cut into his checks and effect his livelihood. He explains: "I'd be tied up into a shit Reebok deal right now and not be able to make any money whatsoever. At the end of the day it’s business for me, and I’ve got to get paid." Those remarks must have ruffled some feathers with his former boss because Koscheck took to Instagram to reveal that his phone had been blowing up with calls. View: https://instagram.com/p/4pVSPGJTPV/?taken-by=joshkoscheck As mentioned earlier, Reebok actually made a "Fight Kit" for Koscheck -- it was apparently too late in the printing process for them to realize he was no longer in the promotion. Regardless, Koscheck was not happy ... at all: View: https://instagram.com/p/4kc-avpTM_/?taken-by=joshkoscheck LINK to full story: Dana White blows up Josh Koscheck's phone after new Bellator MMA fighter bashes UFC/Reebok deal - MMAmania.com
Rashad Evans has said it before, and he said it again on UFC Tonight - he thinks that a great return fight for him is a bout with Ryan Bader. This time though, the feeling appears to be mutual. Managers of both men confirmed interest in the fight, and they're targeting UFC 192 in Houston as the place for it to go down. Evans (19-3-1, 14-3-1 UFC) has been out with injuries since December 2013, where he defeated Chael Sonnen in the first round at UFC 167. Bader (19-4, 12-4 UFC) is one of the few light heavyweights on a winning streak, which he raised to four with a split decision win over Phil Davis in January. Bader had been eyeing a title fight with new champion Daniel Cormier, but the UFC opted to give that shot to Alexander Gustafsson instead. LINK to full story: Ryan Bader and Rashad Evans want to fight at UFC 192 - Bloody Elbow
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