An interesting thing was noticed by a fan earlier today. UFC is now digitally altering old footage so that old sponsor logos are removed.
UFC is prepping for the first Asian held PPV card in over a decade with UFC 275, The event is scheduled to happen in Singapore. It will be the first time the promotion returns ever since they held a fight night card headlined by Ben Askren and Demian Maia several years ago (Oct 2019).
For 275, UFC called upon Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko to defend the title in addition to the anticipated light heavyweight clash between Glover Teixeira and Jiri Prochazka.
In addition to the card the UFC is also running the first ever Grand Prix. 32 men from the surrounding region have been tapped to participate in ‘Road to UFC’ tournament.
No word yet if the actual contract at the end of the tournament is any better than the $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win UFC default. In the past UFC has actually treated the participants of Dana White’s contender series and TUF to worse contracts than the typical outside athlete they sign.
In the Countdown to UFC 275 video the fans started noticing an unusual looking octagon.
Now this wouldn’t be so jarring perhaps if the visual artist hadn’t removed the shadows as well.
Of course – not all sponsors were removed from the lineup. UFC seems to harbor ill will toward a previous longtime sponsor – Budd Light.
A likely alternative explanation is that this old sponsorship in some way clashes with their current Modelo sponsorship and as such they went above and beyond to not have a conflict of interest, per say.