Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last Saturday night (Sept. 8, 2018) with UFC 228, which went down inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, airing live on pay-per-view (PPV). And now it’s time to see who went home with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie.
Leading the way was Tyron Woodley, who banked a $40,000 check from the sports apparel giant after choking out Darren Till (see it) to retain his Welterweight title. For his troubles, Till scored a $30,000 payout from Reebok.
The next highest-payouts went to long-time veterans Diego Sanchez and Jim Miller, who both came out victorious over Craig White and Alex White. But, that’s not all, take a look at the rest of the Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Tyron Woodley: $40,000 Darren Till: $30,000
Jessica Andrade: $10,000 Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $5,000
Zabit Magomedsharipov: $4,000 Brandon Davis: $4,000
Jimmie Rivera: $5,000 John Dodson: $10,000
Abdul Razak Alhassan: $4,000 def. Niko Price: $5,000
Tatiana Suarez: $4,000 def. Carla Esparza: $5,000
Aljamain Sterling: $10,000 def. Cody Stamann: $4,000
Geoff Neal: $3,500 def. Frank Camacho: $4,000
Darren Stewart: $5,000 def. Charles Byrd: $3,500
Diego Sanchez: $20,000 def. Craig White: $3,500
Jim Miller: $20,000 def. Alex White: $5,000
Irene Aldana: $4,000 def. Lucie Pudilova: $4,000
Jarred Brooks: $4,000 def. Roberto Sanchez: $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.