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UFC and WWE legend speaks out about 'UFC uniforms'

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Ken Shamrock has become the latest MMA persona to speak out against the UFC's plans for uniforms.

Back in February, Dana White announced that the UFC was looking into developing uniforms for all it's fighters, in an effort to secure sponsorships for fighters that currently struggle to get them.

Following that, a picture leaked back in March showed what is supposedly a prototype uniform designed by apparel brand Under Armour, being worn by current UFC Middleweight champion, Chris Weidman.

Details of these plans were revealed further when it was uncovered that the UFC would be making the shirt, shorts and hats that fighters wear and that fighters would have space for a further two or three sponsors of their own.

For Shamrock, that's the issue with the proposed uniforms.

"Well first of all, they're already taking percentages of the sponsorship money that would come in for anybody, and then they have to except those sponsorship monies and so there has to be enough money for the UFC to make anything. So the fighters are really being limited on how much money they can even make from their sponsorships, and then now basically it's going to be nil.

"They're gonna put uniforms on 'em and the UFC is going to have major sponsors on these uniforms and they're going to get all of that money and the fighters are going to get zero."

He's not the first fighter to speak out against the proposed plans either. Former Middleweight title contender, Nate Quarry spoke out online saying that the UFC already does enough damage in terms of fighters being able to secure sponsorship.

He said self-imposed tax restrictions from the UFC caused him to lose And1 as a sponsor.

Felice Herrig, who is set to compete during the upcoming TUF 20: Pettis v Melendez series, took to Instagram to voice her complaints, saying that uniforms infringed upon her brand control.

"I design and custom make all my weigh in and fight outfits so for me this is a very big deal and a very big part of my brand and image.

A lot of fighters like myself get paid more money from sponsors and a lot is based on marketability and style I bring to weigh ins and also the fights. Taking that away takes a lot away from what they are trying to do as far as getting people hooked to WMMA.

It's called business and regardless of what some people might think there is a lot more to a fighters business than just the act of them playing their sport."

While it is a step in the right direction for the UFC to bring themselves further into the mainstream, in comparison to the likes of the NFL and NBA, it may cause them a lot of issues with fighters chasing more money.

Dana White has yet to react to any of the claims that it would negatively impact fighters but it's unlikely he will say anything until a confirmed deal is announced.

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