Cole Miller Discusses His Gripes With MMA’s Current Sponsorship Landscape
Posted by Larry Csonka on 10.05.2013
- Cole Miller recently spoke about problems with MMA sponsorships. Here are the highlights…
On Sponsors Drying Up: "It seems like everything has dried up, and the companies only want to commit to a smaller roster for their company. There are these companies that just straight up won't call back right after they hear that I'm on Facebook."
On The Frustrations: "It's frustrating for me," Miller said. "It's not like I'm taking the sponsor money and buying bottles in Miami. I'm trying to train with Marcello Garcia at least once a year. I'm trying to pay my boxing coach. I'm trying to give my trainers at American Top Team a little extra. I'm trying to do better for myself. I've got fellow fighters that are fighting on local shows that are making the same money, or more, than I am."
On The Role of a Sponsor: "I think a sponsor is somebody who not only wants to be there when you're at the top, but wants to be there to give you, or help you, give yourself the means to get better, even when things aren't quite going your way at that moment," he said. "Someone that will stick with you because they believe in what you're doing and the progress that you're trying to make."
On Still Enjoying Fighting: "I enjoy the fighting," Miller said. "I enjoy the training. But all the stuff that goes along with it is getting annoying, and I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to a normal kind of lifestyle."