Will the UFC/Reebok deal be a catalyst for other big MMA promotions to lock down similar partnerships with other companies?
World Series of Fighting president, Ray Sefo, recently talked to Submission Radio about the potential of signing a similar deal for his promotion. Sefo made it clear that a lot of discussion and work would have to go into deciding something like that, but says the door is certainly not closed on the idea.
Check out what he had to say:
“I wouldn’t say no, but it’s something where I’d have to sit down with my team and talk about it and discuss. Does it benefit the fighters? Does it benefit the company? So all these things have got to be taken into account and we’ll see. But it’s not a closed off matter or a ‘no’ to that.”
“Personally, if I had to answer that for myself, yeah one hundred precent I would. Because I want my guys, my team, my fighters to be happy with whatever they’re…or to be paid what they deserve. So in saying that, me personally yes, I would change it. But again, when it comes to such a big corporate decision like that, it would have to be a team decision, and again like I said earlier, I can only speak for what I can do and for what I know, but I can’t really speak too much about the other situation because I don’t know what the structure is at the UFC and how that’s all done. But yeah it’s something that obviously I want to see the fighters get paid what they deserve. So bottom line.”
What do you think, will this become the norm for MMA promotions?
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