Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Jan. 20, 2018) for UFC 220: “Miocic vs Ngannou”, which took place inside TD garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, and now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier were two of the biggest earners of the night, as they each walked away with an extra $40,000 thanks to the sports apparel giants payouts to current champions.
Challengers Francis Ngannou and Volkan Oezdemir took home $30,000 from Reebok after coming up short in their bids to win the 265-pound and 205-pound titles, respectively.
But that’s not all, let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts — which recently witnessed an overhaul in pay structure — courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Stipe Miocic: $40,000 def. Francis Ngannou: $30,000
Daniel Cormier: $40,000 def. Volkan Oezdemir: $30,000
Calvin Kattar: $3,500 def. Shane Burgos: $5,000
Gian Villante: $15,000 def. Francimar Barroso: $5,000
Rob Font: $5,000 def. Thomas Almeida: $5,000
Kyle Bochniak: $5,000 def. Brandon Davis: $3,500
Abdul Razak Alhassan: $5,000 def. Sabah Homasi: $3,500
Dustin Ortiz: $10,000 def. Alexandre Pantoja: $3,500
Julio Arce: $3,500 def. Dan Ige: $3,500
Enrique Barzola: $5,000 def. Matt Bessette: $3,500
Islam Makhachev: $5,000 def. Gleison Tibau: $20,000
According to the 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.