Last week, it was revealed the UFC fined three unnamed fighters undisclosed amounts of money for violating their strict Athlete Outfitting Policy, courtesy of the UFC’s exclusive apparel deal with Reebok, at December’s UFC on FOX 17 event.
Former lightweight top contender Donald Cerrone subsequently admitted on Twitter he was one of the culprits, and Nate Diaz (pictured) did the same on Sunday, but in a far harsher way.
Based off Diaz’s tweet, he was docked for wearing jeans when he took the stage for weigh-ins instead of approved Reebok gear.
Those were #reebokjeans u should’ve just kept the whole check I don’t need that baby ass shit anyway ..🔫 #1000✌🏼️
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 10, 2016
Diaz posted an impressive unanimous decision victory over Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17.
Diaz hasn’t been shy about expressing his displeasure about the UFC’s controversial apparel deal with Reebok. Several UFC fighters, including Diaz, have publicly stated they have taken significant financial hits now that they are forced to wear only Reebok during fight week.
Based off the UFC’s tiered Reebok pay structure, Diaz is in the highest bracket, outside of title challengers and champions, with over 21 consecutive bouts for the UFC. Diaz would have made $20,000 from Reebok had he not broke out the denim.
In addition to the three athletes the UFC fined for violating Reebok’s uniform guidelines, the promotion also sent another 12 fighters warning letters for non-compliance issues.
The UFC kicked off their six-year, reported $70 million deal with Reebok in July. Fighters are paid based off their tenure under Zuffa, LLC’s (UFC’s parent company) umbrella.
No word on what the UFC will do with the money they withheld from the three fighters they fined.