UFC Light Heavyweight contender and the only man to take former Champ Jon “Bones” Jones to the limit in the cage, Alexander Gustafsson spoke his mind about the Reebok apparel deal and the impacts he sees the deal having on the newcomers to the sport.
When asked what he would do if he was the head of the UFC he said:
“Pay the fighters a lot more money … for all the hard work … and the sacrifices … fighters generally do to fight, I think they’re a little bit underpaid.”
He also went on to say:
“The same thing with the Reebok deal, too.
I don’t have anything negative to say about it. I just think … why take away from fighters who haven’t established themselves in the organization? They have a hard time already, so why take away the small sponsors so they can pay the rent and pay their bills? Why take that away too? Really squeezing that last money from the fighters that haven’t been established yet. I think it’s sad to see.”
“Of course (it makes the sport less attractive)… It’s hard as it is.
Some of them don’t have a choice, they have to do the sport to survive.
Some of them don’t. But I still think that the more support you can have from local sponsors … the more time you have to put in the gym and the more the sport will develop.
It’s just that this Reebok deal is not going to help the fighters.”
He makes a compelling argument to me?
As most people know the UFC & Reebok deal has been a wondrous source of humour around the internet and here are a couple of the best – enjoy.
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