Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday (Dec. 1, 2018) with UFC Fight Night 142, which went down inside Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia, airing live on FOX Sports 1. Now, it’s time to see who went home with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Junior dos Santos scored a $15,000 payout from the sports apparel company after knocking out Tai Tuivasa in the second round of their headlining fight (see it again here). Also taking home similar payout was long-time veteran Shogun Rua, who mounted an incredible comeback to knockout Tyson Pedro in the third and final round.
But, the biggest payout of the night went to Yushin Okami thanks to his long years with the promotion, scoring $20,000 for his services after coming up short against Aleksei Kunchenko.
But that’s not all, take a look at the entire Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Junior Dos Santos: $15,000 def. Tai Tuivasa: $4,000
Mauricio Rua: $15,000 def. Tyson Pedro: $5,000
Justin Willis: $4,000 def. Mark Hunt: $15,000
Anthony Rocco Martin: $10,000 def.Jake Matthews: $10,000
Sodiq Yusuff: $3,500 def. Suman Mokhtarian: $3,500
Jim Crute: $3,500 def. Paul Craig: $4,000
Aleksei Kunchenko: $3,500 def. Yushin Okami: $20,000
Wilson Reis: $10,000 def. Ben Nguyen: $5,000
Keita Nakamura: $5,000 def. Salim Touahri: $3,500
Kai Kara-France: $3,500 def. Elias Garcia: $3,500
Christos Giagos: $4,000 def. Mizuto Hirota: $5,000
Damir Ismagulov: $3,500 def. Alex Gorgees: $3,500
According to the payout structure (see it), the more fights a fighter has accumulated — combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions — the more coin he or she gets to fill his or her combat sports piggy bank. And the less fights a fighter has under the ZUFFA banner ... well, the less he or she gets. 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 to 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.