UFC 201 went down last night (Sat., July 30, 2016) inside Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and now it's time to see who went home with the largest slice of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
For complete UFC 201: "Lawler vs. Woodley" results and play-by-play, click here.
The biggest payout of the night went to Robbie Lawler, who scored a $40,000 Reebok sponsorship check as UFC champion. Second was Tyron Woodley, as he pocketedd $30,000 for his challenger role in his title fight against "Ruthless." However, you can expect "The Chosen One’s" check to go up by $10,000 for his next outing after he knocked "Ruthless" out in one to claim the Welterweight title (video here).
Despite getting knocked out by Jake Ellenberger (recap), Matt Brown went home with a $20,000 sponsorship thanks to his time spent fighting inside the Octagon.
Here are the rest of the payouts (via MMA Junkie):
Tyron Woodley: $30,000 def. Robbie Lawler: $40,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $2,500 def. Rose Namajunas: $2,500
Jake Ellenberger: $15,000 def. Matt Brown: $20,000
Erik Perez: $5,000 def. Francisco Rivera: $10,000
Ryan Benoit: $2,500 def. Fredy Serrano: $2,500
Nikita Krylov: $5,000 def. Ed Herman: $15,000
Jorge Masvidal: $10,000 def. Ross Pearson: $15,000
Anthony Hamilton: $5,000 def. Damian Grabowski: $2,500
Wilson Reis: $5,000 def. Hector Sandoval: $2,500
Michael Graves: $2,500 fought to a majority draw with Bojan Velickovic: $2,500
Damien Brown: $2,500 def. Cesar Arzamendia: $2,500
Ian McCall (Opponent withdrew): $5,000
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.