UFC 236 went down last Sat. night (April 13, 2019) from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, and saw Dustin Poirier defeat Max Holloway in the headlining bout in a thrilling affair to win the interim Lightweight title (highlights). In the co-headlining act, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum put on a “Fight of the Year” candidate that ultimately saw “The Last Stylebender” defeat Gastelum via unanimous decision to capture the interim Middleweight title (see it again here).
Holloway was “Blessed” with the biggest piece of the Reebok sponsorship pie, taking home a $40,000 paycheck, which is standard for champions. Poirier, Gastelum and Adesanya each banked $30,000 from the sports apparel giant.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts (courtesy of MMA Junkie).
Dustin Poirier: $30,000 def. Max Holloway: $40,000
Israel Adesanya: $30,000 def. Kelvin Gastelum: $30,000
Khalil Rountree: $5,000 def. Eryk Anders: $5,000
Dwight Grant: $3,500 def. Alan Jouban: $10,000
Nikita Krylov: $10,000 def. Ovince Saint Preux: $20,000
Matt Frevola: $3,500 def. Jalin Turner: $3,500
Alexandre Pantoja: $5,000 def. Wilson Reis: $10,000
Zelim Imadaev: $3,500 def. Max Griffin: $5,000
Khalid Taha: $3,500 def. Boston Salmon: $3,500
Belal Muhammad: $5,000 def. Curtis Millender: $4,000
Andre Soukhamthath: $5,000 def. Montel Jackson: $3,500
Poliana Botelho: $4,000 def. Lauren Mueller: $3,500
Brandon Davis: $4,000 def. Randy Costa: $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.
For complete UFC 236 results and coverage click here.