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UFC Bans More Sponsors

Written by Tom Ngo
July 1st, 2009
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If recent reports hold true, the UFC has once again made a strategic move that will better their organization at the expense of their own fighters. The world’s largest MMA organization is being accused of not allowing their fighters to be sponsored by certain clothing lines and gambling websites.

The UFC has enforced this strategy in the past, however that was directed towards Affliction Clothing after they announced their intentions to start their own mixed martial arts promotion.

FiveOuncesOfPain.com is reporting they were contacted by a manger of one of the UFC’s fighters said that he received an email from the UFC stating that additional sponsors have been added to the UFC’s list of banned companies.

The website was able to obtain an e-mail distributed by the UFC’s legal department listing Dethrone, One More Round, and Rolling Stone among the short-list of sponsors that won’t be present at UFC 100 on July 11th.

Banning a direct competitor like Affliction makes sense. However, there are plenty of other companies that have been added to the UFC’s black list that wouldn’t appear to pose a threat.

They actually just want to sell some t-shirts.

Clothing sponsors that are approved for UFC 100 include Cage Fighter, MMA Authentic, Familia Gladitoria and MMA Elite.

In a move that makes more sense, the UFC has also banned online gambling sites such as Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet, and Party Poker from sponsoring any of their fighters at UFC 100.

Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of the UFC, are the head honchos of Station Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

FiveOuncesofPain also reported that several clothing sponsors have recently been contacted by the UFC to inform them that if they did want to sponsor a fighter on a UFC-promoted event, they would have to fork over a cool  $100,000 fee to the UFC just to have the right to sponsor their employees.

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