Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) as UFC 229 blew the roof of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, which saw Khabib Nurmagomedov defend his Lightweight title against Conor McGregor (see it), and then proceed to scrap with his team outside the Octagon.
Now that the dust has settled, it’s time to see who made out with the biggest slice of the Reebok sponsorship pie. To no one’s surprise, “The Eagle” scored the biggest payday as champion, taking home a $40,000 check from the sports apparel giant. Conor, meanwhile, scored a $30,000 payout, which seems like peanuts when compared to this.
But that’s not all, so take a look at the rest of the Reebok earnings (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Khabib Nurmagomedov: $40,000 def. Conor McGregor: $30,000
Tony Ferguson: $10,000 def. Anthony Pettis: $20,000
Dominick Reyes: $4,000 def. Ovince Saint Preux: $20,000
Derrick Lewis: $10,000 def. Alexander Volkov: $4,000
Michelle Waterson: $5,000 def. Felice Herrig: $5,000
Jussier Formiga: $10,000 def. Sergio Pettis: $10,000
Vicente Luque: $5,000 def. Jalin Turner: $3,500
Aspen Ladd: $3,500 def. Tonya Evinger: $3,500
Scott Holtzman: $5,000 def. Alan Patrick: $5,000
Yana Kunitskaya: $3,500 def. Lina Lansberg: $4,000
Nik Lentz: $20,000 def. Gray Maynard: $15,000
Tony Martin: $5,0000 def. Ryan LaFlare: $5,000
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.
For much more on UFC 229 including all the news, highlights, results, and more, head over to our “Khabib vs. McGregor” live story stream by clicking here.