Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday night (Nov. 3, 2018) with UFC 230, which went down inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., airing live on pay-per-view (PPV). And now it’s time to see who went home with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Daniel Cormier banked the biggest Reebok bucks for headlining the event, taking home a cool $40,000 after choking out Derrick Lewis in his first-ever 265-pound title defense (see it again here). For his troubles, “Black Beast” took home $30,000 from the sports apparel giant.
Both Ronaldo Souza and Chris Weidman banked $10,000 for their co-headlining duties. But that’s not all, take a look at the entire Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.
Daniel Cormier: $40,000 def. Derrick Lewis: $30,000
Ronaldo Souza: $10,000 def. Chris Weidman: $10,000
Jared Cannonier: $5,000 def. David Branch: $5,000
Karl Roberson: $3,500 def. Jack Marshman: $4,000
Israel Adesanya: $4,000 def. Derek Brunson: $15,000
Jordan Rinaldi: $4,000 def. Jason Knight: $5,000
Sijara Eubanks: $3,500 def. Roxanne Modafferi: $4,000
Sheymon Moraes: $3,500 def. Julio Arce: $3,500
Lyman Good: $3,500 def. Ben Saunders: $15,000
Matt Frevola: $3,500 vs. Lando Vannata: $5,000
Shane Burgos: $4,000 def. Kurt Holobaugh: $4,000
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000 def. Adam Wieczorek: $3,500
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.