We are still gathering all of the details, but we’ve been able to confirm with multiple sources within the MMA community clothing company Affliction is no longer allowed to sponsor UFC fighters.
For the past year, Affliction has been a big part of the UFC, sponsoring many fighters who have fought in the UFC including current interim UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, heavyweight champ Randy Couture, Chuck Liddell and current 205-pound title holder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
It seems as though Affliction wore out its welcome with the UFC as soon as the Dana White and company caught wind of Affliction planning to get into the MMA game themselves.
We currently aren’t sure if Affliction is partnering up with anybody or if they will go about it by themselves.
Affliction has been one of the most notable sponsors around the UFC.
The last fighter to actually wear Affliction during an event was Georges St. Pierre at UFC 79 when he sported Affliction on his tights and gi.
If you review UFC 80 and Wednesday’s Ultimate Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman, you’ll notice that Affliction was noticeably absent from any fighter’s apparel.
This rumor had been floating around over the past few days, but hasn’t been brought up because there was some uncertainty about the validity of the ban.
We could’ve reported this yesterday, but we wanted to give both the UFC and Affliction a chance to comment on the situation, when we attempted to e-mail both parties, we received no response.