Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last weekend (Sat., April 21, 2018) with the UFC Fight Night 128 “Lee vs Barboza” mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza, which took place inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and now it’s time to see who made off with the biggest slice of the sponsorship pie.
Frankie Edgar was one of the biggest earners of the night, as he took home $20,000 from Reebok after defeating Cub Swanson in the headlining bout (recap here). For his efforts, “Killer Cub” also banked $20,000 from the sports apparel giant.
Also securing $20,000 was Jim Miller, who was knocked out in the very first round by Dan hooker, who made out with $5,000 (highlights). Let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie:
Kevin Lee: $10,000 def. Edson Barboza: $15,000
Frankie Edgar: $20,000 def. Cub Swanson: $20,000
Justin Willis: $3,500 def. Chase Sherman: $5,000
David Branch: $5,000 def. Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $10,000
Aljamain Sterling: $5,000 def. Brett Johns: $5,000
Dan Hooker: $5,000 def. Jim Miller: $20,000
Ryan LaFlare: $5,000 def. Alex Garcia: $5,000
Ricky Simon: $3,500 def. Merab Dvalishvili: $3,500
Siyar Bahadurzada: $5,000 def. Luan Chagas: $5,000
Corey Anderson: $5,000 def. Patrick Cummins: $10,000
Tony Martin: $5,000 def. Keita Nakamura: $5,000
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.