Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again last Saturday night (Feb. 9, 2019) as the promotion staged UFC 234 form inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. In the headlining act, Israel Adesanya outclassed Anderson Silva to earn a unanimous decision win (see it). For his efforts, “The Last Stylebender” earned a $4,000 sponsorship check from Reebok.
Silva, the longtime veteran, scored the biggest sponsorship check of the night, taking home $20,000 from the sports apparel giant. Rany Yahya, who came up short against Ricky Simon, also managed to go home with a $20,000 check.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Israel Adesanya: $4,000 def. Anderson Silva: $20,000
Lando Vannata: $5,000 def. Marcos Mariano: $3,500
Ricky Simon: $3,500 def. Rani Yahya: $20,000
Montana De La Rosa: $3,500 def. Nadia Kassem: $3,500
Jim Crute: $3,500 def. Sam Alvey: $15,000
Devonte Smith: $3,500 def. Dong Hyun Ma: $5,000
Shane Young: $3,500 def. Austin Arnett: $4,000
Kai Kara-France: $3,500 def. Raulian Paiva: $3,500
Kyung Ho Kang: $5,000 def. Teruto Ishihara: $5,000
Jalin Turner: $3,500 def. Callan Potter: $3,500
Jonathan Martinez: $3,500 def. Wuliji Buren: $3,500
According to the payout structure (see it), the more fights a fighter has accumulated — combined with UFC and the now-defunct World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and Strikeforce promotions — the more coin he or she gets to fill his or her combat sports piggy bank. And the less fights a fighter has under the Endeavor umbrella ... well, the less he or she gets. 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 to 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.