The dust has now settled Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after a wild night of fights at UFC 237, which went down last Saturday night (May 11, 2019) inside Jeunesse Arena. Now it’s time to see who walked away with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Leading the way was Rose Namajunas, who coined a whopping $40,000 from the sports apparel giant, which is standard for a defending champion. In second place was Jessica Andrade, who banked $30,000 after knocking out “Thug Rose” to claim the women’s Strawweight title.
Also, longtime veterans Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Clay Guida, B.J. Penn and Thiago Alves all earned a $20,000 check from Reebok for their services. But that’s not all, let’s take a look at the rest of the payouts courtesy of MMA Junkie.
Jessica Andrade: $30,000 def. Rose Namajunas: $40,000
Jared Cannonier: $5,000 def. Anderson Silva: $20,000
Alexander Volkanovski: $5,000 def. Jose Aldo: $20,000
Laureano Staropoli: $3,500 def. Thiago Alves: $20,000
Irene Aldana: $4,000 def. Bethe Correia: $5,000
Ryan Spann: $3,500 def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira: $10,000
Thiago Moises: $3,500 def. Kurt Holobaugh: $4,000
Warlley Alves: $5,000 def. Sergio Moraes: $10,000
Clay Guida: $20,000 def. B.J. Penn: $20,000
Luana Carolina: $3,500 def. Priscila Cachoeira: $3,500
Raoni Barcelos: $3,500 def. Carlos Huachin: $3,500
Viviane Araujo: $3,500 def. Talita Bernardo: $4,000
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.
For complete UFC 237 results and coverage click here.