Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was back at it again last Saturday night (Dec. 29, 2018) with the UFC 232: “Jones v Gustafsson 2” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which took place inside The Forum in Los Angeles, California. Headlining the event was a Light Heavyweight title fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, which saw “Bones” reclaim his 205-pound strap via third round technical knockout (see it again here). For their efforts, both men took home $30,000 in sponsorship money. The biggest earners of the night, however, were Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg, both of whom banked $40,000 from the sports apparel outfitter for their Featherweight title fight.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Jon Jones: $30,000 def. Alexander Gustafsson: $30,000
Amanda Nunes: $40,000 def. Cris Cyborg: $40,000
Michael Chiesa: $10,000 def. Carlos Condit: $20,000
Corey Anderson: $10,000 def. Ilir Latifi: $10,000
Alex Volkanovski: $5,000 def. Chad Mendes: $15,000
Walt Harris: $10,000 def. Andrei Arlovski: $20,000
Megan Anderson: $3,500 def. Cat Zingano: $5,000
Petr Yan: $3,500 def. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $5,000
Ryan Hall: $3,500 def. B.J. Penn: $20,000
Nathaniel Wood: $3,500 def. Andre Ewell: $3,500
Uriah Hall: $10,000 def. Bevon Lewis: $3,500
Curtis Millender: $3,500 def. Siyar Bahadurzada: $5,000
Montel Jackson: $3,500 def. Brian Kelleher: $5,000
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 “ZUFFA” 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.