UFC Asking 100k Just For The Right To Sponsor A Fighter?


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The UFC Gatekeeper:

e-mail distributed by the UFC’s legal department that now lists Dethrone, One More Round, and Rolling Stone as a list of sponsors that will not be approved for UFC 100 on July 11. Unacceptable sponsors for UFC 100 also online Poker sponsors Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, and Party Poker.

Clothing sponsors that are approved for UFC 100 include Cage Fighter, MMA Authentic, Familia Gladitoria and MMA Elite. The source added that several clothing sponsors have indicated that they were contacted recently by the UFC and informed that in order to have the ability to sponsor a UFC fighter during a UFC-promoted event that they would have to pay a $100,000 fee to the UFC for the right to sponsor a fighter.[FiveOuncesofPain.com]

Zack Arnold over at FightOpinion.com makes a good point about limiting a fighters access to Sponsors.

I know and understand that sports leagues like MLB and the NFL have certain sponsorship deals with companies for uniforms and so forth. However, athletes in these sports are paid full time (seasonal), have benefits, insurance, etc. By going after so many sponsors in the manner that UFC is doing, this is pure divide-and-conquer politics at its worst in terms of being penny-wise and pound-foolish.[FightOpinion]

In 2007 the base salary for an NFL player was $285000. As the UFC growes bigger and bigger, they are going to have to address these issues.

The UFC wants to be controlling like the NFL and MLB, but pay fighters as “freelancers” like boxing, getting around job security, insurance and benefits for their employees.



    June 25, 2009 at 12:57 am

    absolute horse shit, another reason i think dana white is a self centered greedy cocksucker who couldnt give two shits about his fighters.

  2. Mike

    June 25, 2009 at 1:29 am


  3. tom

    June 25, 2009 at 2:32 am

    Melvin Guillard Vs Spencer Fisher needs to happned now..I have been lookiong forward to that match forever whenever they posted it but it got cancelled because of Melvin doing Cock, but both fighters are coming of a win and i think that fight should happend and will be a badass stand up match..

  4. Ryan S

    June 25, 2009 at 8:30 am

    this is some shit. As if UFC isn't going to make enough from this fightcard

  5. whodini

    June 25, 2009 at 10:36 am

    its called business

  6. other derek

    June 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

    fuck affliction mike seriously fuck affliction its gonna be done with

  7. hosan

    June 25, 2009 at 11:20 am

    That's fucked. That's the ufc taking money away from their own fighters. Why would they do that? the 100k is obviously meant to deter sponsors from wanting to be a part of fights, and not to be paid, imagine if they sponsored multiple fighters on one card. multiple 100k to ufc + what they pay fighters for sponsoring them? I would be protesting if I were a big draw fighter. What does former wwe champ lesnar think about less money? I wouldn't imagine he's happy.

  8. Mike

    June 25, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Affliction is the way forward, a way for fighters to get paid well over the odds and not get ripped off.

    you see Affliction makes money even if they give all the money and tv sponsors to fighters.

  9. other derek

    June 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    so explain to me why is affliction 3 there last show?

  10. Mike

    June 25, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    lol what? dunno where you heard that but Affliction has no plans to stop after 3.

  11. other derek

    June 25, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    lol…… um dude they have been saying that for awhile now they wanna go out with a bang…..i thought you knew everything about affliction. What will you do when there gone? And everyone comes to the ufc?

  12. derek

    June 25, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Affliction 3 is the last show. Dana was right. EliteXC and Affliction did not last even one year each. Tom Atencio confirmed it a few months back. AA also did not get re-signed to Affliction (or their partners) after his back to back losses… considering his 2.5 million total paycheck from Affliction. Fedor pretty much needs to sign somewhere. And judging by the looks of things, it'll either be to go to Japan (where the competition is easier… and where pussy CroCop went) or come to the UFC to solidify his legacy as the GOAT (Greatest of ALL TIME). I've said it before, and I'll say it again — Fedor needs to stop bullshitting himself!

  13. derek

    June 25, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Oh and about the original topic, I'm okay with the sponsorship fee. I'm just not okay with it being $100K. Shit, that's like the cost of a small house. If it were $10K, that would be more reasonable. But I agree with UFC in that they have to put limits on sponsors and only keep the big name ads in the octagon. Otherwise, fighters's shorts would have so many ads on it that it would look camouflaged.

  14. Mike

    June 25, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Derek, you need a tissue for your mouth.

    Fedor is the GOAT simple as that… who else has fought better opponents and has a record thats anything on his?

    no one, period.

    stop listening to what Dana says and stop nuthugging the UFC, Tom Atencio has said that there are no plans to cancel after Affliction Trilogy.

    (some people seem to be watching too many movies and thinking trilogy means the end)

  15. Ryan S

    June 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Whodini, yeah it's business, but just like any other business, if you conduct shitty business, people won't like you and you will piss off customers. This stuff smells pretty shitty. I'm curious if it's $100K per fighter, or just to get their name in the octagon. If it's per fighter, the sponsoring companies, even the big companies, must still be pretty pissed.

  16. whodini

    June 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    i didnt say it was good business … lol.. im not a big Dana fan either he seems like a prick ..but … hes in charge and making money hand over fist .. and we are not lol

  17. ron shaw

    June 26, 2009 at 10:07 am

    speaking of dumb ass ufc business. i think its dumb that they award fight of the night bonuses where its pretty much a prerequisite that it goes to a decision. bonuses that are bigger than their normal pay. no wonder guys like lytle drag out their fights.

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