TVNZ Kiwi MMA gym City Kickboxing threw a verbal jab NZ Rugby’s way over the right of UFC fighters to wear the silver fern on the global stage. Confusion over whether New Zealand's MMA fighters can use the silver fern logo has been resolved after New Zealand Rugby (NZR) assured Auckland's City Kickboxing that it did not raise any trademark concerns with UFC. Eugene Bareman, the co-founder and head trainer of famed Auckland gym City Kickboxing , passionately defended his fighters' rights to wear the silver fern when he spoke at a press conference on Thursday. He had said UFC had been contacted by NZR about trademark concerns over the proposed use of the silver fern. "The UFC is stopping us from using the silver fern because they have been contacted by the All Blacks (NZR) and asked not to use it because it has been trademarked,” said Bareman, while Adesanya displayed photos of iconic All Black Richie McCaw wearing the silver fern followed by photos of his fighters battered and bruised after a bout. READ MORE: Joseph Parker eyes early KO as Kevin Barry questions Junior Fa’s ability to handle the bright lights Joseph Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry hits… Read full this story
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