Pederneiras defends The Reebok Deal

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                    <p>In an interview earlier this month, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo <a href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/452295/Aldo-rips-Reebok-Deal/" target="_blank">ripped the Reebok Deal </a>hard, and called for a fighter&#39;s union. Jose Aldo&#39;s coach is the great Andre Pederneiras, whose contributions include <a href="http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/441373/Kenny-Florian-Why-Nova-Uniao-is-amazingly-great/" target="_blank">expanding BJJ from a sport for the privileged, to a sport for everyone</a>, including people who grew up impoverished in the Favela, like Jose Aldo. However, in a recent interview with <a href="http://portaldovaletudo.uol.com.br/br/novidades/item/2664-pederneiras-defende-acordo-entre-ufc-e-rebook-quem-quer-se-sujeitar,-fica,-quem-n%C3%A3o-quer,-sai.html" target="_blank">Portal do Vale Tudo</a>, the boss of Nova Uniao sided with the UFC,</p>

"The UFC is a private company. It's like my gym, it's mine and no one should say anything about it," said Pederneiras as translated by Lucas Rezende for BE. "If I come up with a rule that must be followed by everybody, whoever is unhappy should say ‘I don't like to work under those conditions and I'm leaving'. Cool, that's their right. But if they want to work for me, they need to accept the rule.

"Unfortunately, not all rules will benefit everybody. They must understand the UFC makes rules for the well-being of the company. If the UFC goes bankrupt tomorrow, not a single fighter will hand Dana White and the Fertittas money from their pockets to pay their bills. Here's what I think, if you're there, you must subject yourself to the rules. Whoever doesn't want to, should leave."

"Now, fighters wanting to get together and start a rebellion against the UFC, I don't think that's the way to go. Everyone who owns a company will agree with me. Sometimes employees don't understand, but an owner must know what's best for his business, which is what the UFC is doing and it's something I have done many times."

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I wonder if he draws the line on sweatshops

Toxoplasmosis is a bitch. Phone Post 3.0

Gay Phone Post 3.0

At least it's coming from someone whose pocket is impacted by the deal.  Unllike most of the commentators here.

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interesting point.

With coaches like this who needs dodgy promoters... Phone Post 3.0

NYjojo -


At least it's coming from someone whose pocket is impacted by the deal.  Unllike most of the commentators here.

Yes because he is out there fighting. Phone Post 3.0

Pederneiras just assured his place as the président of the future company UFC south america Phone Post 3.0

Like it or not Andre is 100% correct.

Rudi - 
NYjojo -


At least it's coming from someone whose pocket is impacted by the deal.  Unllike most of the commentators here.

Yes because he is out there fighting. Phone Post 3.0


He's a major part of Aldo's team on fight night.  They are out there fighting and making and losing money together.  Jesus.

Rudi - 
NYjojo -


At least it's coming from someone whose pocket is impacted by the deal.  Unllike most of the commentators here.

Yes because he is out there fighting. Phone Post 3.0

Pederneiras was doing this back in the true Vale Tudo days.

He is in the perfect position to appreciate how much Zuffa has done for the sport.

lastcall - 
Rudi - 
NYjojo -


At least it's coming from someone whose pocket is impacted by the deal.  Unllike most of the commentators here.

Yes because he is out there fighting. Phone Post 3.0

Pederneiras was doing this back in the true Vale Tudo days.

He is in the perfect position to appreciate how much Zuffa has done for the sport.

Exactly. 75% of these idiots that will come on here and bash his point of view have probably never heard of him.

Hespect. Phone Post 3.0

Corey - Like it or not Andre is 100% correct.


He's right but his point does not apply to the Reebok situation and he knows it.



If the UFC was in the red and they were doing this to try and save the company, I could see his point.   However, that's not whats going on here. The UFC is an extremely lucrative business with ownership shared by only four people.  With the Reebok deal, they are marginally increasing their wealth at the massive detriment of the fighters who got them there.



Soup and Beer - 
Corey - Like it or not Andre is 100% correct.


He's right but his point does not apply to the Reebok situation and he knows it.



If the UFC was in the red and they were doing this to try and save the company, I could see his point.   However, that's not whats going on here. The UFC is an extremely lucrative business with ownership shared by only four people.  With the Reebok deal, they are marginally increasing their wealth at the massive detriment of the fighters who got them there.




while i don't like the reebok deal, it absolutely still applies. if you don't like your work, move on.

Soup and Beer - 
Corey - Like it or not Andre is 100% correct.


He's right but his point does not apply to the Reebok situation and he knows it.



If the UFC was in the red and they were doing this to try and save the company, I could see his point.   However, that's not whats going on here. The UFC is an extremely lucrative business with ownership shared by only four people.  With the Reebok deal, they are marginally increasing their wealth at the massive detriment of the fighters who got them there.





Fighter pay has always increased with UFC revenue.  The brand increases in value and everyone from top to the lowest tier fighter makes more guranteed money.  I'm pretty sure the lowest tier fighter base has already increased.  



The Reebok deal is pretty much a pay reset.  It's really important for the UFC to be the sole funnel of money from sponsors, TV, PPV to fighters for the UFC to continue to grow into foreign markets(adding value and income to the UFC brand and eventually to fighter base pay)  It's going to be crappy for that middle-third of fighters that were making great sponsor money while being outside the top ten caliber talent.

It does not apply because they can not really move on as they have signed contract.

I dont think they can go to belator that easily Phone Post 3.0

Soup and Beer - 
Corey - Like it or not Andre is 100% correct.


He's right but his point does not apply to the Reebok situation and he knows it.



If the UFC was in the red and they were doing this to try and save the company, I could see his point.   However, that's not whats going on here. The UFC is an extremely lucrative business with ownership shared by only four people.  With the Reebok deal, they are marginally increasing their wealth at the massive detriment of the fighters who got them there.




And after all of that literally almost every fighter in WSOF, Bellator, ONE FC, Invicta, etc. is dying to get in/back in the UFC.