Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC Fight Night 115: “Volkov vs Struve,” which went down last night (Sat., Sept. 2, 2017) inside Ahoy Rotterdam Arena in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and now it’s time to see who went home with the biggest Reebok sponsorship pie.
Stefan Struve was the biggest sponsorship earner of the night, as he earned an event high $15,000 from Reebok despite getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov in the main event (video highlights here). Volkov, meanwhile, took home just $2,500 from the sports apparel giant. In fact, 16 of the 24 fighters took home $2,500 check from Reebok, while the rest — other than Struve — took home $5,000 a piece.
Let’s see how all of the payouts break down courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Alexander Volkov: $2,500 def. Stefan Struve: $15,000
Siyar Bahadurzada: $2,500 def. Rob Wilkinson: $2,500
Marion Reneau: $5,000 def. Talita Oliveira: $2,500
Leon Edwards: $5,000 def. Bryan Barberena: $5,000
Darren Till: $2,500 def. Bojan Velickovic: $2,500
Mairbek Taisumov: $5,000 def. Felipe Silva: $2,500
Michel Prazeres: $5,000 def. Mads Burnell: $2,500
Rustam Khabilov: $5,000 def. Desmond Green: $2,500
Aleksandar Rakic: $2,500 def. Francimar Barroso: $5,000
Zabit Magomedsharipov: $2,500 def. Mike Santiago: $2,500
Abdul-Kerim Edilov: $2,500 def. Bojan Mihajlovic: $2,500
Thibault Gouti: $2,500 def. Andrew Holbrook: $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.