Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again last Saturday (Feb. 23, 2019) as UFC Fight Night 145 took place from inside O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic. In the main event, Thiago Santos collected his fourth straight win by knocking out Jan Blachowicz (highlights). In the co-main event, Stefan Struve ended his mixed martial arts (MMA) career by submitting Marcos Rogerio de Lima, mounting a great comeback to ride off into the sunset on a winning note (see it again here).
With 22 UFC fights under his belt, “Skyscraper” walked away from Prague with the biggest sponsorship check, to the tune of $20,000. For his troubles, Marcos earned $5,000 from the sports apparel giant. Event headliners Santos and Blachowicz scored $15,000 and $10,000 checks from Reebok, while John Dodson came in with a $15,000 payday, as well.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $15,000 def. Jan Blachowicz: $10,000
Stefan Struve: $20,000 def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000
Michal Oleksiejczuk: $3,500 def. Gian Villante: $10,000
Liz Carmouche: $5,000 def. Lucie Pudilova: $4,000
Petr Yan: $4,000 def. John Dodson: $15,000
Magomed Ankalaev: $3,500 def. Klidson Farias de Abreu: $3,500
Dwight Grant: $3,500 def. Carlo Pedersoli Jr.: $3,500
Chris Fishgold: $3,500 def. Daniel Teymur: $3,500
Gillian Robertson: $4,000 def. Veronica Macedo: $3,500
Damir Hadzovic: $4,000 def. Marco Polo Reyes: $5,000
Michel Prazeres: $10,000 def. Ismail Naurdiev: $3,500
Diego Ferreira: $5,000 def. Rustam Khabilov: $10,000
Damir Ismagulov: $3,500 def. Joel Alvarez: $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. 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.
For complete UFC Prague results and coverage click here.