Gegard Mousasi Claims UFC-Reebok Deal Was A Way Of ‘Stealing’ From Fighters

Gegard MousasiBellator MMA middleweight kingpin and former UFC contender, Gegard Mousasi has claimed that the promotion’s uniform and outfitting deal with global brand, Reebok – which initially came into effect in 2015, was a way for the promotion to “steal” from fighters on their roster. Mousasi, the current undisputed middleweight champion, is slated to return under […]

Gegard Mousasi

Bellator MMA middleweight kingpin and former UFC contender, Gegard Mousasi has claimed that the promotion’s uniform and outfitting deal with global brand, Reebok – which initially came into effect in 2015, was a way for the promotion to “steal” from fighters on their roster.

Mousasi, the current undisputed middleweight champion, is slated to return under the Scott Coker-led banner at Bellator 282 in June, clashing with Johnny Elben following a first round knockout win over Austin Vanderford back in February at Bellator Dublin in another successful defense of his middleweight throne.

Debuting under the scrutiny of Bellator back in October 2017, Mousasi has so far established a 7-1 promotional record from eight total fights.

Mousasi, a former Strikeforce, Cage Warriors, and Dream gold holder, made his move to the UFC back in April 2013, and despite riding a five fight winning run, including a victory over former middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, Mousasi never competed for Octagon gold before linking up with Bellator.

Gegard Mousasi shares his thoughts on the criticized Reebok deal with the UFC

Penning a contract with the organization following his win against Weidman, Mousasi has detailed how he earns a more lucrative payday per fight as a result with Bellator – in comparison to a massive dip in sponsorship money earned in the UFC, as he noted with the introduction of the Reebok deal with the organization.

“You took those away, you put Reebok,” Gegard Mousasi told Robin Black on Haymakers,” All the money went to UFC. Paying a fighter that can make $200,000 a fight, then it goes to $10,000 (with) Reebok. That’s stealing from the fighter. They could’ve said, ‘Ok, f*ck that’. And then they killed the whole sponsorships, everything.”

“They could’ve sent every fighter $10,000 checks as an employee (as a) thank you for where we are now,” Gegard Mousasi said. “$10,000 is nothing. They took the sponsorship, they put Reebok. I was making $6,000 with Reebok. (What) they were giving fighters, it wasn’t always the best. They could’ve done a better job. You don’t have to be that greedy.” 

Mousasi maintains that he was thankful for the opportunity provided to him in the UFC, and how he was not speaking negatively of the promotion.

“I’m thankful to UFC, to be honest,” Gegard Mousasi said. “After Strikeforce… they bought Strikeforce, I went there, they gave me opportunity. I’m not bashing on them. I’m still thankful. I can understand profit goes (comes first). But my thing is more – treating your employees better, and then the business. But maybe I would go bankrupt (that way).” 

Khabib Nurmagomedov Expresses Interest In Booking Junior dos Santos vs. Fedor Emelianenko Fight

Junior dos SantosFormer undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has noted his interest in potentially working in a cross-promotion capacity with Bellator MMA – booking a heavyweight matchup between esteemed division icons, Junior dos Santos, and Fedor Emelianenko. Khabib, the current leader of Eagle Fight Club, retired from professional mixed martial arts back in October 2020 – […]

Junior dos Santos

Former undisputed UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov has noted his interest in potentially working in a cross-promotion capacity with Bellator MMA – booking a heavyweight matchup between esteemed division icons, Junior dos Santos, and Fedor Emelianenko.

Khabib, the current leader of Eagle Fight Club, retired from professional mixed martial arts back in October 2020 – boasting an undefeated, 29-0 professional record following a successful title unification win against Justin Gaethje.

In the time since, the American Kickboxing Academy mainstay has began training and cornering fighters as well as running the operations of the aforenoted promotion, Eagle Fight Club – who have established a base in Florida. 

Speaking ahead of Eagle Fight Club 47 on Friday, Khabib noted his interest in booking former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos against Emelianenko in the future – should the former overcome Yorgan de Castro in his promotional bow.

“If Junior dos Santos wins, I really want to make dos Santos vs. Fedor (Emelianenko) fight,” Khabib Nurmagomedov told assembled media at a press event on Wednesday. “But he has to focus on Yorgan (de Castro) for next, because this fighter here is tough opponent. I want to talk with my friend, Scott Coker, because Fedor is under Bellator contract. I don’t know what they’re gonna do next with him, but definitely, we can talk, and we can do something. We can create some story. …”

“Why not?” Khabib Nurmagomedov asked. “These two guys was long tiem the face of MMA. Fedor was the greatest fighter of all time in my opinion, and dos Santos was heavyweight champion a couple years in UFC. These two guys, I think they deserve and fans deserve. For me, it’s a very interesting matchup, too.” 

Junior dos Santos also seems receptive to a pairing with Fedor Emelianenko

As far as Santa Catarina veteran, dos Santos is concerned, a potential matchup against Emelianenko certainly appears to pique his interest.

“I’m a big, big, BIG fan of Fedor, and I really believe – like Khabib said – that is the greatest,” Junior dos Santos said. “That was a magical time in the MMA world when he did those amazing fights with ‘Big Nog’. I wasn’t even fighting at that time, but I was such a fan of them. For me, because I trained with ‘Big Nog’, as well, it was always kind of a dream, the biggest thing I would like to achieve in my career would be to fight Fedor. So to hear that may be possible now, it’s just amazing.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

In his final Octagon appearance before his UFC release, dos Santos suffered a second round knockout loss to former interim division champion, Ciryl Gane, while Emelianenko managed to scoop a stunning first round knockout win over Timothy Johnson in a Moscow homecoming at Bellator 269 last October.

Logan Storley Grinds Out Split-Decision Win Over Michael ‘Venom’ Page To Claim Interim Title – Bellator 281

Michael 'Venom' PageBellator has a new interim title, as Logan Storley defeats Michael ‘Venom’ Page in front of an English crowd. Storley was able to utilize his wrestling prowess to shut down much of the offense from MVP. It may not have been the most exhilarating of title fights, but ‘Storm’ stuck to his game plan and […]

Michael 'Venom' Page

Bellator has a new interim title, as Logan Storley defeats Michael ‘Venom’ Page in front of an English crowd.

Storley was able to utilize his wrestling prowess to shut down much of the offense from MVP. It may not have been the most exhilarating of title fights, but ‘Storm’ stuck to his game plan and now reaps the rewards.

Page did have success in round 4, as he appeared to be beginning to let his hands, and elbows, fly. However, he was unable to finish the fight, which was his only route to success at that point.

Logan Storley defeats Michael ‘Venom’ Page via Split Decsion.

Below, check out the highlights of Logan Storley’s win over Michael ‘Venom’ Page:

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Round 4

Round 5

Fabian Edwards Knocks Lyoto Machida Out Cold In 1 Round – Bellator 281 Highlights

Fabian EdwardsFabian Edwards has knocked former UFC champion Lyoto Machida unconscious in the first round of the co-main event of Bellator 281. Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards, picked up the biggest win of his career to date. The two men began somewhat tentatively, trading leg kicks back and forth. However, the […]

Fabian Edwards

Fabian Edwards has knocked former UFC champion Lyoto Machida unconscious in the first round of the co-main event of Bellator 281.

Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards, picked up the biggest win of his career to date. The two men began somewhat tentatively, trading leg kicks back and forth. However, the entire momentum of the fight changed when they clinched. Edwards landed a brutal elbow on the break that had ‘The Dragon’ reeling.

From that point on, Edwards continued to lay it on, landing three massive left hands to send the former UFC champ crumbling to the canvas. Several follow-up shots ensured Machida would not be making it back to his feet anytime soon.

Edwards wins via 1st round KO.

Below, check out the highlights of Fabian Edwards’ brutal KO of Lyoto Machida:

Paul Daley Lands Incredible Highlight Reel KO In Retirement Bout – Bellator 281 Highlights

Paul DaleyAfter undeniably losing the first round and a half of his final pro MMA fight, Paul Daley exploded into action, knocking out his opponent in truly emphatic fashion at Bellator 281. Daley walked out to a rapturous crowd in the SSE Arena. However, things did not initially go to plan for the former Strikeforce, UFC […]

Paul Daley

After undeniably losing the first round and a half of his final pro MMA fight, Paul Daley exploded into action, knocking out his opponent in truly emphatic fashion at Bellator 281.

Daley walked out to a rapturous crowd in the SSE Arena. However, things did not initially go to plan for the former Strikeforce, UFC and Bellator veteran. His opponent, Wendell Giacomo, was able to out grapple him for the entirety of the first round, and even appeared to come close to securing a leg lock.

‘Semtex’ opened up at the start of round 2, but a reckless flying knee saw him once again brought to the ground. However, Daley climbed back to his feet, and suddenly unleashed a barrage of punches. Giacomo could do nothing more than collapse to the canvas, as one of the hardest p4p hitters in MMA did what he does best.

Paul Daley wins via second-round KO.

Below, catch the highlights from Paul Daley’s final MMA bout:

Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley – Results

Bellator 281LowKick MMA will be bringing you Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley results throughout the night (Fri. May 13. 2022) live from the OVO Arena in London, England. Taking main event status; an interim Bellator welterweight title fight between the #1 ranked welterweight contender, Michael Page, and the #4 ranked contender, Logan Storley. The promotion introduced an interim title to […]

Bellator 281

LowKick MMA will be bringing you Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley results throughout the night (Fri. May 13. 2022) live from the OVO Arena in London, England.

Taking main event status; an interim Bellator welterweight title fight between the #1 ranked welterweight contender, Michael Page, and the #4 ranked contender, Logan Storley. The promotion introduced an interim title to the division amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine after undisputed champion, Yaroslav Amosov returned home to help defend his country from the Russian invasion.

Unbeaten in his last six consecutive outings, experienced kickboxing striker, Page most recently featured in the main event of Bellator 267 last October, avenging his sole professional defeat with a close, debated split decision win over former undisputed champion, Douglas Lima.

South Dakota native, Storley has also only suffered one professional loss — a November 2020 split judging defeat against the aforenoted, Amosov. In a pair of victories since, Storley has improved to 13-1 with a pair of wins over Dante Schrio, and Neiman Gracie.

Bellator 281: MVP vs. Storley – Results

Bellator 281 Main Card Results: (Showtime)

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Logan Storley

Middleweight: Lyoto Machida vs. Fabian Edwards

Flyweight: Denise Kieholtz vs. Kana Watanabe

Welterweight: Paul Daley vs. Wendell Giacomo

Light Heavyweight: Luke Trainer vs. Simon Biyong

Bellator 281 Preliminary Card Results: (YouTube/Pluto TV)

Featherweight: Daniel Weichel vs. Robert Whiteford

Welterweight: Oliver Enkamp vs. Mark Lemminger

Flyweight: Kate Jackson vs. Elina Kallionidou

Lightweight: Tim Wilde vs. Alfie Davis

Featherweight: Andrew Fisher vs. Attila Korkmaz

Catchweight (189.2lbs): Charlie Ward vs. Alan Carlos

Light Heavyweight: Marciej Rozanski def. Lee Chadwick via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Strawweight: Chiara Penco def. Lanchana Green via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)