Bellator President Scott Coker heard the complaints from his new signees. Fighters who came over as free agents after their UFC contracts expired had very similar gripes, many of them about the UFC’s “athlete outfitting policy” under an exclusive apparel deal with Reebok. What Coker couldn’t understand was how it was even legal. “Listen, they’re independent contractors,” Coker said in June . “How they’re forced to wear a uniform, to this day, still baffles me.
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