MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that three athletes who competed at December’s UFC on FOX 17 event will receive reductions on their scheduled payments after “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy, marking the first time the promotion has taken such a step.
“We have had over 99 percent compliance with the Athlete Outfitting Policy,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski told MMAjunkie. “This week will be the first time that we will be issuing reduction in payments for non-compliance with the policy.”
Additionally, another 12 athletes will also be receiving warning letters for non-compliance issues noted during the first six months of operation under the Athlete Outfitting Policy.
UFC on FOX 17 took place Dec. 19 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos scored a 66-second TKO of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the evening’s main event.
Bleczinski, formerly the Vice President of Consumer Products for the NFL, said “the athletes and the details around the payment reductions” will remain confidential, and the promotion will not be releasing those names.
However, she stressed the promotion works diligently to avoid such situations and only issues the payment reductions as a last resort.
“A warning is issued when an athlete is non-compliant but agrees and takes steps to correct the infraction,” Bleczinski said. “There is ample opportunity for an athlete to correct an infraction. The equipment department, as well as our athlete relations teams, are onsite at the event throughout event week, helping the athletes to be compliant. We know that there’s very much an educational process around this, and so that’s why they’re just receiving a warning letter.
“A payment reduction is enacted when an athlete knowingly and seriously violates the policy after receiving an opportunity to correct it.”