Bellator 180: Ryan Bader Reports He’s Back to “The Heyday” With Sponsors
By FCF Staff
As Ryan Bader gets set to make his Bellator debut this Saturday, the UFC vet’s reporting that the sponsorship money is rolling in once again.
The powerful wrestler entered free agency last November, after Bader defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC FN 100. Ultimately Bader signed with Bellator, which does not have a uniform agreement like the UFC. The latter’s uniform deal with Reebok, restricts fighters from wearing other sponsors during fight week.
Recently Bader spoke with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, in advance of his bout with Bellator 205 champ, Phil Davis. While discussing the sponsorships he’s signed for Saturday’s fight, Bader reported the following (quote via MMA Mania):
“It’s good. Oh yeah, much, much better [than Reebok]. At least three or four times,” Bader said. “I’m back, we’re back to the heyday. I think I’ve talked about it to you before. When people say ‘Oh, the sponsorships have dried up,’ that’s not true. We’ve had relationships with big companies like American Ethanol, like Cytosport, Monster Milk, Muscle Milk, big huge companies that have stuck by us even when Reebok was there … at a minimal level but now they get to do the fullest and represent them to the fullest. So we were good two months ago, right when we were ready to go, bam, we were pretty much sold out.”
Bellator 180 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.