"We work with apparel companies from all over the world through our approved partnership program," a UFC spokesperson said. "We've not yet been approached by Reebok on behalf of 'Rampage,' but welcome the conversation. We do everything we can to support our athletes getting these types of sponsorships and will continue to do so moving forward."
A potential conversation between the UFC and Reebok came to light during a conference call by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who made the media call in support of the Jan. 26 UFC event slated for Chicago.
"I see other fighters sponsored by Nike," said Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC), referring to much-publicized deals between Nike and current UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones as well as middleweight champ Anderson Silva and former heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos. "Why can't I have Reebok?"
Reebok seemed thrilled to be working with Jackson, and the company appeared to be open to work with other UFC stars.
"We are excited to help Rampage train to fight at his best and we look forward to working with him in the future," said John Lynch, Reebok's vice president of U.S. marketing and merchandising.
Jackson fights Glover Teixeira in the co-main event of UFC on Fox 6, which is set for Jan. 26.
Jackson insists it will be his final fight in the UFC.
"It's not just about money," Jackson said. "It's about respect. I step in the octagon (and) I put my life on the line, and I try to be an exciting fighter. I just don't feel appreciated. I'd rather take a money cut and go to another show and feel appreciated."