Herrig, 29, took to Instagram to discuss her feelings on the topic.
I design and custom make all my weigh-in and fight outfits, so for me this is a very big deal and a very big part of my brand and image. A lot of fighters like myself get paid more money from sponsors and a lot is based on marketability and mother style I bring to weigh-ins and also the fights. Taking that away takes a lot away from what they are trying to do as far as getting people hooked to [women's MMA]. It's called business and, regardless of what some people might think, there is a lot more to a fighter's business than just the act of them playing their sport.
Does Herrig make some good points? It's hard to tell because the UFC hasn't disclosed exactly how the new uniforms will affect fighter pay.
If the standardized uniforms hurt her bottom line, then of course she has every right to complain. But there's a decent chance the new uniforms will actually increase fighter pay, so Herrig should have taken a wait-and-see approach before commenting.
Analysis: Herrig seems to not be a fan of the standardized uniforms because she thinks it will hurt her bottom line, but it's doubtful the UFC would introduce the idea if it decreased paychecks for the fighters.
“We're working on it,” UFC President Dana White said. “But nothing yet [to announce].”
Herrig is well-known for her weigh-in and fight outfits, which in the past have included homages to Superwoman and Cammy from Street Fighter.
With that said, it's true she won't get to wear the flashy outfits she wants to wear.
However, she should have waited to see how it would affect her bottom line before making a conclusive statement on the issue.
After all, Dana White thinks most fighters don't even want to deal with the sponsorships anymore.
“Do you know how many fighters call me and say they don't want to deal with sponsorships anymore?” White asked. “What can you do? It's not as plentiful as everybody makes it out to be.”
Hopefully the UFC will do whats in the best interests of the fighters and only introduce standardized uniforms if it increases pay for the athletes.