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Former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who was formerly sponsored by Nike, is currently in negotiations for a sponsorship with Reebok.
Silva had a lot to say when it came to Reebok and Nike at a recent press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“We’re in negotiations with them (Reebok), we will see what we’re going to do. If it’s not something good for us, I won’t sign with them. We have to be happy with the deal, and it has to be financially good for me as well. Everybody knows I was sponsored by Nike and that I always wore Nike. I love Nike. That’s the truth. I feel true to myself when I’m with Nike, so I can’t wear a brand that doesn’t make me feel true to myself. If I feel good with what Reebok offers me, I would definitely use it every day, or I’ll just use it in the Octagon and that’s it.”
Silva also revealed that he believes that the UFC’s partnership with Reebok is good for the sport.
“I think it’s the evolution of the sport,” Silva said. “Athletes don’t know how it’s going to be yet, but I believe it’s going to be good for the sport. My managers will have a meeting with Reebok, and we’ll know more about it.” [source]