UFC Fight Night 76 went down last weekend (Sat., Oct. 24, 2015) from inside 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, and now it's time to see who went home with the biggest slice of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Last-minute headliners, Louis Smolka and Paddy Holohan, were not the highest earners, as each combatant took home a $2,500 check for their efforts (recap here).
In fact, UFC Fight Night 76 saw a very low payout for sponsorship checks, thanks in large part to losing two high-profile bouts. Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell and Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier were scratched due to injuries (details here and here).
The highest earner of the night was Darren Elkins, as he reeled in a nice $10,000 check, with Cathal Pendred coming in second with $5,000.
Here's what the rest of the card earned (courtesy Low Kick MMA):
Louis Smolka: $2,500 Paddy Holohan: $2,500
Norman Parke: $5,000 Reza Madadi: $2,500
Nicolas Dalby: $2,500 Darren Till: $2,500
Neil Seery: $2,500 Jon Delos Reyes: $2,500
Mickael Lebout: $2,500 Stevie Ray: $2,500
Aisling Daly: $2,500 Ericka Almeida: $2,500
Krzysztof Jotko: $2,500 Scott Askham: $2,500
Tom Breese: $2,500 Cathal Pendred: $5,000
Darren Elkins: $10,000 Robert Whiteford: $2,500
Garreth McLellan: $2,500 Bubba Bush: $2,500
So, how are payouts determined?
According to the revamped payout structure (see it), the more fights you have combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions, the more coin you have for your combat sports piggy bank.
And the less fights you have under the ZUFFA banner... well, the less you get. If you have a problem with the structure, take it up with UFC, not Reebok.
According to the report, fighters will also receive royalty and payments up to 20-30 percent of any UFC-related merchandise sold that bears his or her likeness. That's a great way for the Internet "morons" to help the cause.
For complete results from UFC Fight Night 76: "Holohan vs. Smolka," including play-by-play updates, click here.