January 12, 2016

Donald Cerrone and the Classless UFC/Reebok Fine

Donald Cerrone suffered a tough loss to Rafael dos Janos in the octagon a few weeks back, and now the UFC along with their mistress Reebok, have fined the Cowboy for a uniform violation. 
From Entimports:
You can see the flag on his right thigh.
“Absolutely I was fined for it, for wearing an old flag. Patriotically, that is not very cool, is it? Especially when they make a pair of green shorts for McGregor and I get fined for putting a small piece of an American flag on my shorts. It represents my grandma. That’s all besides the point. Just the fact that it was an American flag, just look at that fact. That alone is, you know, whether it’s superstitious or a gift from my grandma, it’s because I love the United States, it doesn’t matter. I understand the fine, sure, I’ll take a fine, but what they did to me was a lot more than a fine brother. I am not going to tell you the amount, because I don’t think that’s right. Let’s just say it was a lot, like a lot, a lot. I want to talk to Reebok and tell them that they can have the money, I am okay with that. But, let’s at least take that money and give it to a charity of your discretion. I don’t care who. Let’s make it a Wounded Warrior, or any military charity you want. Since it was a flag and I feel like it was patriotic, lets give it back to people that’s the reason I get to fight and walk around to be free every single day that they fight their lives for us. Let’s donate that to them, I’ll even double it. I’ll match the amount and give it. It’s not the fact that they took, it’s that it’s over the flag. The amount to me was crazy. A few grand? Sure, I would’ve taken that, but the amount they took was ludicrous, so. My thing to whoever took it, don’t give it back to me, let’s donate it to Wounded Warrior, or to a charity to women whose children were orphaned because their fathers were defending our country.”

Apparently the UFC has threatened Cerrone that if he does it again he will no longer be fighting for them:
"And then the part that really upset me is that they said if I do it again, I won’t be able to fight again," he told Ariel Helwani. "So, that kind of buckled me."

How many more reasons do we need for someone to step in and get some oversight on the UFC and their monopoly?  The manipulation and control over the fighters is appalling.  Sad that a company has taken the arts we love and cherish and sullied them for profit.  Shame on us for shilling out our hard earned money to support the oppression.

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