The Reebok deal has been unpopular among UFC fighters since before it even was officially implemented, and with numbers that former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has claimed to have lost as a result, it is difficult to blame them.
Werdum recently went to social media to protest Reebok in a stunt that cost him job as a UFC commentator because of how much the exclusive sponsorship has cost him in earnings.
“That’s right, adding everything together, that’d be more than a million dollars, for sure”, Werdum told Ag.Fight, via FloCombat. “I made a post on my social network as a protest, really, because I made a lot of money before and now I earn $5,000 in sponsorship for one fight. I don’t have a contract with Reebok, I’m free.”
He may have lost out on another job, but Werdum is not wishing he could take it back.
“I don’t regret anything,” Werdum said. “It was meant as a protest, because of the amount of money that’s at stake. Things changed a lot. I went from earning six figures to $5,000 (a fight). I lost sponsorship deals, because I’m not longer able to show off sponsors during fight week. I’m not happy with it. I wanted to do this for everyone to open their eyes and for people to realize that what you see on television is not everything.”
Admittedly though, Werdum did not realize his protesting would be enough to cost him his commentating job with the UFC.
“I was with the UFC Network,” Werdum said. “I’ve always been there and did my job, they paid me regularly, I can’t complain about anything. But I have don’t have a contract with FOX. I just didn’t know they could fire me for something stupid like that. It wasn’t that I didn’t do my job right or anything like that. I just wanted to show people that this is how it works in this game. “