Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which recently got into bed with both USADA and Reebok, has lots of new rules these days. Mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters can either obey them, or get hit where it hurts the most.
Such was the case with top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone, who was fined for wearing an unauthorized patch on his fight trunks. The story of the patch, according to this report, is that it's a piece of his old Muay Thai trunks and honors his grandmother.
That's not gonna fly with Reebok, who according to Cerrone, has been bleeding him since day one.
I sure did https://t.co/X3XkUJtMVX— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) January 7, 2016
The fine came in the wake of UFC on FOX 17.
As part of the promotion's outfitting policy, fighters are not allowed to wear anything outside of the Reebok line during fight week. That includes outfit modifications and two other fighters joined "Cowboy" on the list of payment reductions, while 12 others were warned.
For more on how the "rigid" Reebok outfitting policy works click here.
"A payment reduction is enacted when an athlete knowingly and seriously violates the policy after receiving an opportunity to correct it," UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski told MMAjunkie. "The guidelines, the rules, the expectations were clearly laid out for everyone, and it's our responsibility to our partners to make sure that we are administering all aspects of the policy."
Hey, you know how Cerrone is when it comes to guidelines and rules.