Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday night (May 19, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 129, which took place inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, and now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Demian Maia was the biggest earner — as far as sponsorship money is concerned — taking home an event high $20,000 from the sports apparel giant after losing to Kamaru Usman in the main event. As for the “The Nigerian Nightmare,” he banked a whopping $5,000 for his troubles (video highlights here).
The only fighter joining Maia in double digits was Michael Prazeres, who collected $10,000 after defeating Zak Cummings. But that’s not all, let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.
Kamaru Usman: $5,000 def. Demian Maia: $20,000
Tatiana Suarez: $3,500 def. Alexa Grasso: $5,000
Dominick Reyes: $3,500 def. Jared Cannonier: $5,000
Guido Cannetti: $5,000 def. Diego Rivas: $5,000
Andrea Lee: $3,500 def. Veronica Macedo: $3,500
Vicente Luque: $5,000 def. Chad Laprise: $5,000
Michel Prazeres: $10,000 def. Zak Cummings: $5,000
Alexandre Pantoja: $5,000 def. Brandon Moreno: $5,000
Poliana Botelho: $3,500 def. Syuri Kondo: $3,500
Gabriel Benitez: $5,000 def. Humberto Bandenay: $3,500
Enrique Barzola: $5,000 def. Brandon Davis: $3,500
Frankie Saenz: $5,000 def. Henry Briones: $5,000
Claudio Puelles: $3,500 def. Felipe Silva: $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.