Sonnen: Conor McGregor refused to wear Reebok at UFC
189 - 7th August 2015
UFC fighter and analyst Chael Sonnen claims Conor
McGregor refused to wear the Reebok fighter kit backstage
at the UFC 189 weigh-ins.
the latest edition of Chael Sonnen's 'You're Welcome'
podcast, the former UFC dynamo claimed that Conor
McGregor had an altercation with the UFC brass backstage
at the UFC 189 weigh-ins. According to Sonnen, McGregor
refused to wear the official Reebok fighter's kit
after the UFC instructed him to do so.
did not wear Reebok (at the Mendes weigh in). He wore
something else and behind the scenes they were giving
him his Reebok kit," Sonnen said. He refused
to wear it. They said "Hey, you have to wear
this" and McGregor said "I'm different,
I'm not like those other guys. I'm not wearing it",
so they get out the Contract and everything and they
tell him "you have to do this" and Conor
said "I'm not doing it". When the weigh
in rolled around he did not wear the Reebok stuff."
McGregor did not wear the official kit, the Irishman
was sporting his own exclusive Reebok gear (in the
main image) at the weigh-ins. The sportswear company
selected Conor McGregor as one of their flagship stars
to promote their apparel in an exclusive sponsorship
deal in January.
thing to be noted is that Dana White handed over the
Reebok kit to McGregor immediately after TKO'ing Chad
Mendes at UFC 189. After saying something to Conor
whilst handing him the kit, 'The Notorious' tossed
the uniform to one of his corner men (GIF) and celebrated
with Joe Rogan in the post-fight interview (GIF).
claims that Dana White instructed McGregor to wear
the kit but the Irishman ignored him.
the fight Dana gets in the octagon and hands him the
Reebok shirt (black champion shirt) and goes 'you
have to put this on' and Conor did not respond, he
just looked at Dana. And when he did his post fight
(interview) he did not put the shirt on."
UFC's partnership with Reebok has received heavy criticism
as of late, after they decided to release signature
cut man, Jacob "Stitch" Duran from the company
last month. The UFC and Reebok have been bombarded
with criticism on social media following the decision,
prompting Dana White to launch a Twitter assault against
'idiot' and 'moron' fans.