Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again last Saturday night (Dec. 29, 2018) with the UFC 232: “Jones v Gustafsson 2” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place inside The Forum in Los Angeles, California. Headlining the event was a Light Heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, which saw “Bones” reclaim his 205-pound strap via third round technical knockout (see it again here). For their efforts, both men took home $30,000 in sponsorship money. The biggest earners of the night, however, were Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg, both of whom banked $40,000 from the sports apparel outfitter for their Featherweight title fight.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Jon Jones: $30,000 def. Alexander Gustafsson: $30,000
Amanda Nunes: $40,000 def. Cris Cyborg: $40,000
Michael Chiesa: $10,000 def. Carlos Condit: $20,000
Corey Anderson: $10,000 def. Ilir Latifi: $10,000
Alex Volkanovski: $5,000 def. Chad Mendes: $15,000
Walt Harris: $10,000 def. Andrei Arlovski: $20,000
Megan Anderson: $3,500 def. Cat Zingano: $5,000
Petr Yan: $3,500 def. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $5,000
Ryan Hall: $3,500 def. B.J. Penn: $20,000
Nathaniel Wood: $3,500 def. Andre Ewell: $3,500
Uriah Hall: $10,000 def. Bevon Lewis: $3,500
Curtis Millender: $3,500 def. Siyar Bahadurzada: $5,000
Montel Jackson: $3,500 def. Brian Kelleher: $5,000
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” umbrella ... 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.