Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Sunday night (Feb. 18, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 126, which took place inside Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Donald Cerrone was the highest earner, as he took home a $20,000 check from Reebok after knocking out Yancy Medeiros in the very first round (highlights). For his troubles, Medeiros banked $10,000 from the sports apparel giant.
In defeat, Francisco Trinaldo and Josh Burkman both managed to score a $15,000 check due to their extended experience inside the eight sided-cage. But that’s not all, so let’s take a look at the rest of the payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Donald Cerrone: $20,000 def. Yancy Medeiros: $10,000
Derrick Lewis: $10,00 def. Marcin Tybura: $5,000
James Vick: $5,000 def. Francisco Trinaldo: $15,000
Curtis Millender: $3,500 def. Thiago Alves: $20,000
Brandon Davis: $3,500 def. Steven Peterson: $3,500
Sage Northcutt: $5,000 def. Thibault Gouti: $5,000
Diego Ferreira: $5,000 def. Jared Gordon: $3,500
Geoff Neal: $3,500 def. Brian Camozzi: $3,500
Roberto Sanchez: $3,500 def. Joby Sanchez: $5,000
Lucie Pudilova: $3,500 def. Sarah Moras: $5,000
Alex Morono: $5,000 def. Josh Burkman: $15,000
Oskar Piechota: $3,500 def. Tim Williams: $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.