Rampage upset he cannot wear Reebok in Octagon
January 15, 2013
Going into his last contracted fight, Quentin Jackson is upset with the UFC for not letting him wear the logo of his newest sponsor, Reebok. The latest complaint seals the deal that next Saturday’s fight will be his last in the UFC.
Jackson aired his grievances during a conference call which promoted UFC on Fox 6 next week. The issue appears to be the fact that Reebok has not paid the UFC sponsorship fee. Jackson claims the sponsorship fee instituted by the UFC since 2009 may be illegal.
Despite not wearing the logo to the Octagon, Reebok indicated it will stand behind Jackson.
(H/t: MMA Junkie)
Since NBA star John Wall left Reebok (and his signature shoes) for Adidas, did the sportswear company try to compensate by signing Jackson? We joke here. But it appears that this issue could be easily rectified by Reebok paying the sponsor fee. The UFC indicated it is open to speaking with Reebok about sponsorship opportunities. Its not known whether Reebok refused to pay the fee or if it even knew of such sponsor fee.
The underlying issue here is the ongoing tension between Rampage and the UFC. Not allowing Rampage to wear his sponsor logo is another sign to him that he is being disrespected by the company. In this last fight, it appears that Rampage will not leave on good terms.