Matt Mitrione has put up a brave front against UFC’s new Athlete Outfitting Policy.
The former NFL player turned Mixed Martial Artist conducted interviews during UFC Media Day barefooted.
Yes, you read that right.
Bloody Elbow reports that Mitrione came to the UFC media day venue wearing Jordan shoes but ended up conducting interviews barefoot.
Mitrione told MMA Fighting: “(My shoes) are outside. I had some J’s on my feet, and that was not part of the attire. So I came in barefooted.”
When asked if he knew this would happen, Mitrione said: “Not necessarily. I thought it was possible that it’s considered ‘dressed up’. From where I’m from, that is considered dressed up. J’s are dressed up, you know? It’s also the reason why I had to wear something above my polo. There’s just certain stipulations and rules now.”
As per UFC’s new Athlete Outfitting Policy, competing brands are not allowed on UFC events and hence Mitrione’s non-Reebok sneakers had to go.
Donald Cerrone, Nate Diaz and Rafael dos Anjos have already been fined by UFC for violating its new policy. 12 other fighters have also been warned by UFC. Dos Anjos was made to pay a hefty fine of $10,000 for wearing an outside sponsor.