If you watch even a cursory amount of MMA, you’ve probably seen a fighter on some show wearing a white T-shirt with the name “Trent Cotney” written on it. And if you’ve seen said T-shirt, you’ve also probably wondered who the hell Cotney is, what he does and why he sponsors MMA fighters.
Cotney is not an apparel brand or a supplement manufacturer or an energy drink. He’s unlike any of your typical, run-of-the-mill MMA sponsors.
Cotney is just a regular guy and huge MMA fan who runs his own law practice in Tampa, Fla. He says he gets “zero business” from sponsoring fighters. But he does it anyway. Quite a bit, actually.
Which brings us to our next question: Why?
“For me, it’s about giving back to them,” Cotney said. “It’s almost like charity, even though I don’t get a deduction for it. It’s just like, let me do something to help these guys out, because I know what their life is like, I know how hard it is. They’re just not making a lot of money. They’re really not making anything. It’s real tough on them. I just want to let them know that there’s support out there.”
Cotney sponsors or has sponsored some high-profile fighters like former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and top flyweight Henry Cejudo, an Olympic wrestling gold medalist. But the vast majority of his roster consists of up-and-comers or fighters competing in the middle of the card.
Among the names of fighters who have been sponsored by Cotney are Tim Means, Brad Tavares, Tamdan McCrory, Corey Anderson, Frankie Saenz, Ray Borg, Jinh Yu Frey, Seth Baczynski, Roman Salazar, Amber Brown and Danny Martinez.
The criteria for endorsing Cotney has nothing to do with wins ….View full article
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