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UFC 200 fighters react to color being added to Reebok fight shorts

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LAS VEGAS — The UFC’s Reebok fight gear will get a splash of color beginning this weekend.

For the first time since the UFC’s apparel partnership with Reebok began in July 2015, fighters from UFC 200 were given a color palette to choose from for their fight shorts. Previously, athletes wore some combination of black and white with a small bit of color denoting country of origin.

The new range of color choices also depend on the country a fighter represents, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting. Fighters competing out of the red corner get the first pick of colors. If two athletes are from the same country, the blue corner will get a choice of one of the remaining colors that the red-corner athlete did not take first.

For instance, Joe Lauzon and Diego Sanchez, both from the United States, will meet Saturday at T-Mobile Arena. Sanchez, the red corner fighter, chose blue for his fight shorts. That left Lauzon with a choice between black and chalk.

“I chose blue, because you know what?” Sanchez said. “What color does the first-place ribbon get, baby? What color does the first-place ribbon get, baby? It’s blue. It’s blue. That’s what color we get.”

Typically, the higher-ranked fighter gets the red corner, though the selection is more arbitrary when neither fighter is ranked.

The colored fight shorts will be here to stay beginning at UFC 200. The full, new Reebok fight kits, including jerseys, will be unveiled in September, a UFC official confirmed with MMA Fighting.

Cat Zingano, a red-corner fighter, had the choice of wearing blue shorts, but chose white (or chalk) anyway. For one, this is her first fight since the Reebok partnership. But more importantly, white had meaning for her.

“I felt like white is appropriate, because I’m trying to have this ….View full article

Source:: mma fighting