Jacob “Stitch” Duran had spent 15 years as a cutman for the UFC, easily becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the promotion, as well as other combat sports.
However, after criticizing the UFC – Reebok deal in 2015, Stich’s tenure with the UFC would come to an end, which he said “was like a slap in the face.”
Stich rebounded well, as he has remained a cutman for a multitude of other MMA and boxing promotions, while also acting in several feature films. Duran has had five-plus years to reflect on his decision to criticize the UFC – Reebok deal and Stitch is at peace with the whole situation.
“No, I was very at peace (with my decision),” Duran said. “When that happened, I was thinking, ‘OK, well, what am I going to do now? Where am I going to go?’ But with all the support I got, and many people around the world reaching out, that gave me the energy and the confidence that I did the right thing, so I’m happy. People ask me, ‘Hey have you seen Dana?’ and I’m like, ‘No, I haven’t seen him.’ ‘And if you see him, what are you going to say?’ If I see Dana, I’ll shake his hand and thank him for letting me go because everything is going much better than before.”
The UFC – Reebok deal comes to an end in March of 2021, as the UFC will reportedly move onto a new uniform partnership with Venom.