Report: UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Lands Nike Sponsorship
light heavyweight champion Jon Jones
reportedly inked a multi-year sponsorship deal with Nike, according
to MMAFighting.com. Jones also recently confirmed the news via
“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
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
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
Evans. Jones will next defend his championship against former
Strikeforce king Dan
Henderson on Sept. 1 at UFC
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See you in "Sin City."
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