The UFC strong arms another sponsor:
Q: When can fans get Fedor’s Tapout shirt:
A: I’m afraid to disappoint the fans, but it seems like, never. Literally today they called me from the TAPOUT firm and told me that they were contacted by the representatives of the UFC, and that under the threat of tearing up all the contracts with their organization demanded that TAPOUT categorically stop producing all the shirts from the line of Fedor Emelianenko.
This is how Dana White feels about Fedor. So tell me, what can we think about such person after this, that even in things that have nothing to do with UFC, he still tries to mess it up for us. So it seems that the shirts will just stay a rarity that fans will see in pictures. Say thanks to UFC and their politics of monopoly. [BJ Penn]
Tapout is a huge company with worldwide distribution partners, but the simple fact is that they rely solely on the UFC TIT. If MMA ceases to exist Tapout would go by the wayside.
Dan Hederson’s clothing line Clinch Gear is now handling the Fedor apparel, they were banned by the UFC along with BJ Penn’s clothing line RVCA.