Promoted to the front page from the FanPosts by Luke Thomas. Good catch.
I was going through some MMA news sites earlier when I saw this little snippet that was, I believe, largely overlooked in the wake of UFC 92. It deals with the abrupt and absurd ban of MMA Authentics/Cage Fighter fight wear.
If you recall a few months ago MMA Authentics was banned from being a sponsor worn inside the Octagon much like Affliction, although it was not because MMA Authentics was starting up their own MMA organization. Instead it was banned because MMA Authentics took over more retail space in one of the nations largest retailers. This ban affected such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Roger Huerta, Urijah Faber and Forrest Griffin. MMA Payout writer Robert Joyner noticed the following:
MMA Authentics/Cage Fighter made their return to the Octagon at UFC 92. Former Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton Rampage Jackson was sporting a signature MMA Elite shirt, with special wolf design for the brawler known to let out a howl after victory. Cornerman for Rampage Tiki Ghosen as well the entire Rampage crew were decked out in the shirts. Any past tensions between the apparel brand and the UFC look to be in the rear view mirror. Expect an announcement shorlty about a possible deal/further elaboration on the lifting of the ban.
Its a surprise that this news was largely over looked by the MMA blogosphere seeing as it was big news when MMA Authentics was banned. If I recall correctly I remember a lot of angry commentors berating the UFC for the move (and justly so). It appears as if the ban has been lifted seeing as there has been no news of Rampage being punished for wearing an unapproved sponsor much like Matt Lindland was supposedly fired for wearing an unapproved sponsor at the weigh ins of UFC 54. Though Lindland says he was fired for other reasons. We'll see how this apparent unban pans out in the coming weeks. For now though it looks like MMA Authentics is on it's way back to being in the good graces of the UFC.