UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has reportedly inked a multi-year sponsorship deal with Nike, according to MMAFighting.com. Jones also recently confirmed the news via Twitter.

“Blessed to be signed by the biggest sports apparel company in the world, Nike. Dreams do come true,” the champion wrote, also confirming that he will join the likes of NBA stars Kobe Bryant and LeBron James by receiving his own signature line of products.

The reported global deal with the Oregon-based apparel organization is expected to be the first of its kind for a mixed martial artist. Though longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Japanese standouts Yoshihiro Akiyama, Caol Uno and Kazuyuki Miyata signed deals with Nike in their respective home countries, the scope of Jones' exposure with the brand figures to be greater. An official announcement on the signing is expected to come shortly.

Just 24 years old, Jones is regarded as one of the sport's top pound-for-pound talents. “Bones” captured the UFC light heavyweight title in March 2011, stopping Mauricio Rua in the third round of their UFC 128 contest. Successful title defenses over Quinton Jackson and Lyoto Machida would follow for Jones, who submitted both former champions to close out last year. The Jackson's MMA representative last competed at April's UFC 145, outpointing yet another ex-champion in former teammate Rashad Evans. Jones will next defend his championship against former Strikeforce king Dan Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC 151.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Women's MMA Report: VanZant lands first UFC main event, Evinger destroys Kianzad

  • 8 days ago

Fresh off of her third UFC victory, rising star Paige VanZant faces a tough test in her most high-profile fight to date on Dec. 10 at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas. Get that news and more in the la read news >>

Morning Report: 'Saddened' Rashad Evans hopes to reconcile with former champion Jon Jones

  • 5 days ago

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Jon Jones have had quite the tumultuous relationship. The pair began as teammates at Jackson's MMA in Albuquerque, New Mexico but later became b read news >>

Morning Report: Chuck Liddell says Jon Jones 'fights too safe' and 'doesn't try to finish'

  • 4 days ago

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell isn't the biggest fan of Jon Jones. The former light heavyweight champs have passive aggressively sniped at one another for years and it's Chuck's turn at the plate. S read news >>

Morning Report: Doling career advice, Chael Sonnen says Jon Jones needs to 'turn controversy into cash'

  • 2 days ago

Chael Sonnen knows a thing or two about damage control. Be it a conviction for money laundering, failed drugs tests or being fired from a hosting role at FOX Sports, the former UFC contender has alwa read news >>

Daniel Cormier mocks Alexander Gustafsson, wants Jon Jones back

  • 25 days ago

The UFC light-heavyweight champion wants to "stop playing around" with other fighters and face his biggest foe again. UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and his predecessor Jon Jones are a read news >>

Morning Report: John Dodson upset over fans blaming his loss to Demetrious Johnson on newborn daughter

  • 25 days ago

Just prior to his title bout against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191, John Dodson and his girlfriend welcomed a newborn daughter into the world. Johnson had arrived in Las Vegas for read news >>

Daniel Cormier: I need to fight Jon Jones instead of playing around with these other light heavyweights

  • 26 days ago

Reigning 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier wants Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to stop wasting his time with these other light heavyweights and give him the one fight he needs for his mixed ma read news >>

Daniel Cormier: I need Jon Jones back, so I can 'stop playing around with these guys'

  • 26 days ago

LAS VEGAS -- Daniel Cormier said after winning the UFC light heavyweight title over Anthony Johnson four months ago that he would be fine if Jon Jones never came back and tried to regain the belt. Co read news >>

Morning Report: Max Holloway believes a UFC event in Hawaii would draw B.J. Penn out of retirement

  • 26 days ago

Would an event in Hawaii be enough to bring former UFC champion B.J. Penn out of retirement? Max Holloway thinks so. "I heard Dana White talking about UFC: Hawaii," Holloway told fans on Periscope (v read news >>

Morning Report: Nate Diaz slams Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone for getting 'punked' by Conor McGregor

  • 27 days ago

If you missed the UFC's "GO BIG" event on Friday, don't worry. All you really need to know is that Conor McGregor has fights booked through 2020. McGregor's actually fighting featherweight champion J read news >>