TUF 20 Finale adds six fights in Las Vegas [Contains Spoilers to Last Night's Episode]
With the semifinal pairings set, next week’s finale for Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” has six new women’s strawweight matchups set.
The bulk of the fighters booked for the card were cast members on the show who didn’t reach the semifinals. Felice Herrig (9-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to meet Lisa Ellis (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC); Heather Jo Clark (6-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Bec Rawlings (5-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC); Tecia Torres (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces Angela Magana (11-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC); Joanne Calderwood (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fights Seo Hee Ham (15-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC); Aisling Daly (14-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Alex Chambers (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC); and Angela Hill (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Emily Kagan (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). All 12 of those fighters will be making their official UFC debuts.
With the additions, the latest TUF 20 Finale lineup includes:
TBA vs. TBA – for inaugural strawweight title
Charles Oliveira vs. Jeremy Stephens
Daron Cruickshank vs. K.J. Noons
Yancy Medeiros vs. Joe Proctor
Felice Herrig vs. Lisa Ellis
Angela Magana vs. Tecia Torres
Joanne Calderwood vs. Seo Hee Ham
Heather Jo Clark vs. Bec Rawlings
Alex Chambers vs. Aisling Daly
Angela Hill vs. Emily Kagan
Fighters react to landmark Reebok deal on Twitter
Today the UFC announced a landmark deal with Reebok to become the official apparel sponsor of the organization. The deal will have a huge affect on the athletes as they will no longer be able to earn income from fight week and in the Octagon sponsorship. They will however earn a fixed sum of money each time they fight as part of the deal and will be able to earn a percentage of branded merchandise. With such a big announcement, the fighters were sure to react quickly on Twitter:
White: Media rankings panel will be reduced in size
The apparel partnership between the UFC and Reebok is basically a sponsorship for each fighter in the league. Although the UFC takes nothing, igher ranked fighters get a larger cut of the pie than do lower ranked fighters. In order to calculate the size of the pie slice, the UFC is relying on their rankings, which are generated by a media panel.
UFC partners with Reebok for uniform program; rankings to determine fighter pay
A long-rumored UFC uniform program, now officially known as the UFC’s “athlete outfitting policy,” is finally a reality.
UFC officials today announced that, beginning in July 2015, Reebok will serve as the exclusive worldwide outfitter for the world’s largest MMA promotion.
“We have come to an agreement for what we think is a landmark deal for both the sport of mixed martial arts, as well as our brand in the UFC,” UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “We look at this as Reebok and the UFC are essentially changing the sport’s landscape again. This clearly has never been done in combat sports.”
Financial terms of the six-year partnership were not released, but UFC officials said that though the agreement represents the most valuable non-broadcast contract the company has ever signed, the UFC will not directly profit from the new deal. Instead, company execs said the deal is structured so that the “vast majority of the revenue” from the deal – taking out only the costs associated with administering the new program – will be paid directly to UFC fighters.