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The UFC vs. Nike?

The UFC vs. Nike?

Something weird is going on in Singapore.

First came an advertised seminar that would allegedly feature Anderson Silva, Georges St. Pierre and Jon Jones. The UFC responded via their Twitter account:

That prompted this report in the local media:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and sports apparel giant Nike appear to be locked in a battle over a world tour involving three of mixed martial arts’ biggest names.

Jon Jones, Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre are expected to be part of the Nike-sponsored Fighters World Tour, which will see the three stars showcase their talents in 11 cities, including Singapore, starting next month.

But in a Facebook post on Thursday morning, UFC said the event was “false advertising”, and advised fans not to buy tickets as none of the three UFC fighters are involved.

However, Singapore organisers are disputing the claim, saying that the show will go on. Said Robin Leong, owner of Ch’i Life Studio Asia: “As we’ve said from the start, this tour has nothing to do with UFC at all. The organisers are dealing directly with the fighters’ managers.”

Asia-based MMA journalist James Goyder chimed in with this:

Is there a legitimate beef between the UFC and Nike? Are three top UFC fighters being sent around the world without the UFC’s consent? Or is this just some big scam to sell tickets to a seminar?

CagedInsider is credentialed for UFC 172 this weekend, so expect an answer directly from Dana White on this matter.

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