9 Things we've learned about the UFC/Reebok athlete outfitting policy
Yesterday, BleacherReport’s Jeremy Botter got his hands on the UFC’s new Athlete Outfitting Policy, which was sent to the managers of every fighter currently on the UFC roster. The document explains how Reebok-branded gear will be incorporated into the appearances of UFC fighters, and what will be required of the fighters and their cornermen when the Reebok uniform deal officially kicks off in July.
While the Athlete Outfitting Policy provides no hard details on how much fighters will be paid, it does sketch out what the UFC/Reebok partnership will look like from a logistical standpoint. Here are a few key details we pulled from the Bleacher Report article:
Thiago Silva Signs With WSOF, Enters 4-Man Tournament For Light Heavyweight Title
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Thiago Silva has signed with World Series of Fighting and will vie for the promotion’s light heavyweight title through a four-man tournament on March 28.
The promotion confirmed the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. Silva will face Ronny Markes in the semifinals of the tournament, while Matt Hamill will be on the opposite side of the bracket and face a yet-to-be announced opponent. The tournament final will take place later this summer.
UFC discussing Dillashaw vs. Barao 2, Rampage vs. Maldonado for UFC 186 in Montreal
The UFC's first card in Montreal since 2013 doesn't have a main event yet, but officials are exploring the possibility of a bantamweight championship rematch as the headliner. According to Ariel Helwani on UFC Tonight, discussions are in place for T.J. Dillashaw to defend his bantamweight belt against Renan Barao, the man he famously took it from last May. Additionally, the return of Quinton Jackson to the UFC could start off with a showdown with noted brawler Fabio Maldonado.
Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig set for UFC on FOX 15 in New Jersey
The fight card for UFC on FOX 15 continues to fill out as a women's strawweight bout was added to the card on Wednesday as Paige VanZant will square off with Felice Herrig. The bout was announced on UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1.
VanZant, 20, made her UFC debut recently, defeating Kailin Curran via third-round TKO at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Swanson in November. Her MMA record stands at 4-1. Prior to making her debut, VanZant was originally scheduled to compete on The Ultimate Fighter season 20, but was disqualified because of her age. Contestants on the show must be 21 years of age or higher.