Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Kajan Johnson was escorted from the building over the weekend when “Ragin’” lived up to his moniker by discussing the promotion’s Reebok sponsorship.
Sounds like he didn't hold back, either.
And much like the impromptu beatdown between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana (more on that meltdown here), there appears to be video floating around somewhere in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community.
I was told several ppl recorded it. Some agreed and cheered, others felt uncomfortable. Last 3-4 mins. He was escorted out afterwards.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 21, 2017
“I had to do it,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “I couldnt sit there any longer listening without speaking my mind. Let the chips fall where they may.”
Johnson, like many fighters forced to comply with the promotion’s policy on sponsorships, will no longer be able to pursue outside vendors during fight week, which could result in a significant hit to his bottom line.
Reebok hands out sponsorship dollars for each fighter at the conclusion of all UFC events (see the breakdown here). Unfortunately, the sneaker and apparel giant’s “one size fits all” hierarchy left some combatants losing millions.
Or seeking greener pastures somewhere else.