15 Jan 2015 07:59:23 AM
Yesterday, BleacherReport’s Jeremy Botter got his hands on the UFC’s new Athlete Outfitting Policy, which was sent to the managers of every fighter currently on the UFC roster. The document explains how Reebok-branded gear will be incorporated into the appearances of UFC fighters, and what will be required of the fighters and their cornermen when the Reebok uniform deal officially kicks off in July.
While the Athlete Outfitting Policy provides no hard details on how much fighters will be paid, it does sketch out what the UFC/Reebok partnership will look like from a logistical standpoint. Here are a few key details we pulled from the Bleacher Report article:
1. Fighters will have at least some input on how their gear looks. Like, they’ll get to choose colors and stuff.
“Beginning with this weekend’s Boston card, the promotion will hold mandatory ‘informational sessions’ with each fighter participating on the card that will detail the program and answer any questions they may have. They’ll also begin working with each fighter to develop styles for their individual merchandise…
Fighters ranked in the UFC’s official rankings will be the first to pick the color of their products. For a bout between two ranked fighters, the higher ranked fighter receives first selection; the lower-ranked fighter is required to pick a contrasting color. Unranked fighters will work with matchmakers to select a color.”
2. The UFC now has “equipment managers.”
“The newly created UFC Equipment Department is overseen by Ember Morr, vice president of Consumer Products…The new UFC Equipment Department will have a team stationed at each fight card. The positions are as follows: equipment director, three equipment managers and an equipment coordinator. The responsibilities of these new positions are not specified in the document.”
3. The UFC wants its fighters to wear Reebok gear during all official appearances, not just during fights.Read More DIGG THIS