<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=452985" target="_blank"> Rousey: I got stiffed by 1st apparel sponsor </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=452985" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=50&q=75&x=7&y=1&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=ronda-rousey-07-06-2015-13-5-52-712.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey recently spoke with <a href="http://twitter.com/Michael_Stets" target="_blank">Michael Stets</a> for <a href="http://www.mmamania.com/2015/7/6/8896121/ronda-rousey-defends-ufc-awesome-reebok-sponsorship-wish-had-deal-coming-up-mma" target="_blank">MMAMania</a> and discussed the Reebok Deal.</p>
While Rousey is at the $40,000 championship level compensation, far from the $2,500 entry level tier, and has a separate sponsorship with the apparel company, the fighter also know what it's like to scrape by in combat sports. She once worked three jobs, and lived in her car for a time. Further, Rousey has never before had an apparel sponsor, since she got stiffed after her first Strikeforce title defense.
"The first time I defended my title against Sara Kaufman, I wore Trauma MMA and it was only for nine thousand dollars and they still stiffed me," said Rousey after the UFC-Reebok fight kit unveiling . "They just didn't even pay me and what am I even going to do about it? What could I do about it? You think that athletes have a bunch of money to go sue somebody for taking advantage of them? No."
"And I still to this day, after I got stiffed on that one brand, I never worked with an apparel sponsor again because I just didn't trust anyone. It's nice to work with people that I can trust."
"I wish I had this Reebok deal when I was coming up because it would've been nice if I didn't have to hustle for an apparel sponsor."
"I think it's awesome, not only that they have this deal and a tier system, but the more they win the more, they make and they can get their individual deals as well. It's so nice that you don't have to worry any more and you feel protected and to know that every single cent of the Reebok deal goes to the athletes. The UFC doesn't keep any of it."
Ronda Rousey fights Bethe Correia at UFC 190 on August 1, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and they will both be wearing Reebok.
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