Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Friday (June 1, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 131, which took place inside Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, New York. Now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Gleison Tibau walked away with the biggest sponsorship check after losing to Desmond Green, banking $20,000 from the sports apparel giant despite the loss. Jake Ellenberger came in second despite also losing, as he took home $15,000.
Event headliners Jimmie Rivera and Marlon Moraes, however, only manages to rack up $5,000 and $4,000 after their headlining bout. But that’s not all, so let’s take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.
Marlon Moraes: $4,000 def. Jimmie Rivera: $5,000
Gregor Gillespie: $4,000 def. Vinc Pichel: $5,000
Walt Harris: $5,000 def. Daniel Spitz: $3,500
Ben Saunders: $10,000 def. Jake Ellenberger: $15,000
Julio Arce: $3,500 def. Daniel Teymur: $3,500
Sam Alvey: $10,000 def. Gian Villante: $10,000
Sijara Eubanks: $3,500 def. Lauren Murphy: $5,000
David Teymur: $4,000 def. Nik Lentz: $15,000
Belal Muhammad: $5,000 def. Chance Rencountre: $3,500
Desmond Green: $4,000 def. Gleison Tibau: $20,000
Nathaniel Wood: $3,500 def. Johnny Eduardo: $5,000
Jose Torres: $3,500 def. Jarred Brooks: $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.