Alvarez has 1 more fight left on his contract. But Coker is open to letting him out of his contract. They don't want him to win his next fight with Brooks or Chandler and end up leaving anyway as champion. And by letting Eddie out of his contract, Coker and Bellator gain credit from their fighters and other fighters in other organizations. In the past Rebney and Bellator were accused of being slimy by using contract extensions, matching periods, and other tricks to keep fighters in Bellator. Coker and his regime are trying to fix everything that Rebney did in the past. With the billions of Viacom $ that Bellator had they couldn't attract free agents except for Rampage and Tito all because of the bad perception Rebney had.
Originally Posted by Smedroc
How can fighters represent their sponsors if they can't wear the gear or sport the logos on the walkout or in the cage??
What about dudes that come out in the Gi?
If i never saw GSP coming out to some french rap in the Gi and headband i probably don't become a fan of the sport
In the past Dana's argument for uniforms was that lower and mid-tier fighters had a hard time getting sponsors and the uniforms would help them out. So basically UFC is gonna sign a 7-9 figure deal with someone, reportedly Reebok according to FRB, and then they'll end up giving fighters a few extra $$$. It'll help lower guys but it'll hurt fighters like Jones, Silva, GSP, etc. Even if fighters are allowed to have a small amount of sponsors on the uniform, like NFL practice jerseys, I'm sure Reebok isn't gonna allow a Nike, Under Armor, etc patch on their clothes. Right now Jones, Silva, JDS, GSP, & Lawler couldn't wear their Nike, UA, and Adidas gear to ring but they could at weigh ins. They wouldn't be able to with uniforms. Thats more money these guys are losing. Makes no sense for Nike, UA, etc to even sponsor them.