Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday night (March 3, 2018) for UFC 222, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Cris Cyborg not only defend her women’s featherweight title, but she also earned the biggest check from Reebok to the tune of $40,000. In defeat, Yana Kunitskaya walked away with a $30,000 check from the sports apparel giant, which is customary for title challengers. Andrei Arlovski and Frankie Edgar tied in third place with a $20,000 payday from Reebok.
But that’s not all, so let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.
Cris Cyborg: $40,000 Yana Kunitskaya: $30,000
Brian Ortega: $5,000 def. Frankie Edgar: $20,000
Sean O’Malley: $3,500 def. Andre Soukhamthath: $5,000
Andrei Arlovski: $20,000 def. Stefan Struve: $15,000
Ketlen Vieira: $5,000 def. Cat Zingano: $5,000
Mackenzie Dern: $3,500 def. Ashley Yoder: $3,500
Alexander Hernandez: $3,500 def. Beneil Dariush: $10,000
John Dodson: $10,000 def. Pedro Munhoz: $5,000
C.B. Dollaway: $15,000 def. Hector Lombard: $10,000
Zak Ottow: $5,000 def. Mike Pyle: $15,000
Cody Stamann: $3,500 def. Bryan Caraway: $5,000
Jordan Johnson: $3,500 def. Adam Milstead: $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.