Veteran UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is looking to reclaim a top spot in the middleweight division, and the next step in that journey is a UFC 186 bout with C.B. Dollaway. Bisping was on hand at a media gathering over the weekend and was asked about the UFC's sponsorship deal with Reebok. For a guy like Bisping with a solid following, this sort of deal could possibly have meant less money for him since he has his own sponsors.
But he didn't see it that way - in fact, he's happy that he has one less thing to worry about (via MMA Fighting):
"I was happy when Dana [White] called me and told me about the Reebok deal, I'm like, great, I'm sick of dealing with all these scumbag sponsors."
"Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of reputable companies out there," Bisping said. "So I don't want to slag everybody, there are some very, very good companies. But it's good because it's one less thing that a fighter has to worry about."
He also talked about the major issues with using the rankings as a template for sponsorship pay, but this was before Monday's announcement that the UFC has re-vamped the system and it will now be based on tenure. This benefits a lot of fighters including Bisping, who has seen his ranking fall a few notches after some recent losses.
We still don't know all the details about the deal yet, but at least fighters are getting out there and talking about it now.