Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC 217: “Bisping vs St-Pierre,” which went down last Saturday night (Nov. 4, 2017) inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, and now it’s time to see who went home with the biggest Reebok sponsorship pie.
Michael Bisping was the among the biggest sponsorship earners of the night, bringing in $40,000 from the sports apparel giant following his submission loss to Georges St-Pierre, who raked in $30,000 after submitting “The Count” in the headlining title fight.
Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk also took home $40,000 checks from Reebok in defeat, while T.J. Dillashaw and Rose Namajunas, banked $30,000 for their title-winning performances (see them here and here).
Let’s see how all of the payouts break down courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Michael Bisping: $40,000 Georges St-Pierre: $30,000
Cody Garbrandt: $40,000 T.J. Dillashaw: $30,000
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000 Rose Namajunas: $30,000
Stephen Thompson: $10,000 Jorge Masvidal: $15,000
Paulo Costa: $2,500 def. Johny Hendricks: $20,000
James Vick: $5,000 def. Joseph Duffy: $5,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $15,000 def. Corey Anderson: $5,000
Mark Godbeer: $2,500 def. Walt Harris: $5,000
Randy Brown: $5,000 def. Mickey Gall: $2,500
Curtis Blaydes: $2,500 def. Aleksei Oleinik: $5,000
Ricardo Ramos: $2,500 def. Aiemann Zahabi: $2,500
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.