Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is squeezing the the last bit of money out of its combatants' pockets, says one UFC title challenger.
That man has an ally in Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who after foregoing an individual sponsorship with a "shit" Reebok sponsor -- instead preferring his long-time mixed martial arts (MMA) apparel brand Venum -- might end up without a contract in the near future.
"We have a contract with Aldo until October, and we'll have a conversation to see if it's worth to continue with the sponsorship," Venum's Andre Vieira told Ag. Fight (via MMAFighting.com). "It's really positive for the brand to have Jose Aldo as your cover boy, but do people see that? Does it bring us more visibility? Who gets this information?"
As originally stated by Aldo's head coach Andre Pederneiras, the 29-year-old stood to make slightly more Brazilian dollars than he would've had he elected to become the first Brazilian -- sorry Jose, this Alligator beat you to it -- to secure a solo sponsorship with Reebok back in June.
For each of "Junior's" seven Octagon bouts, the Brazilian has proudly sported Venum shorts. However, his run as the poster boy for Venum might be shrinking because of Reebok's stranglehold on what fighters can wear during fight week events, as well as their fight night attire.
"It was a different story in the past," Vieira said. "You put your shorts and the whole world would see it. If I gave Jose Aldo $10,000 reais per month, I would get it back in return. Today, to have a third of this return, I have to give Aldo two 2,000 reais and spend more 8,000 in advertisement. It's too much."
If Aldo were unable to negotiate a contract that's fair to both sides, he would join a laundry list of men who've publicly voiced their opinion's on Reebok's controversial partnership with UFC.
This would also mean a new wardrobe for the promotion's pound-for-pound best ahead of his unification showdown with loudmouthed rival Conor McGregor at the UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) on Dec. 12, 2015. Maybe "Notorious" will offer up some style advice to his champion counterpart?
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