Alistair Overeem not only recorded a scintillating first-round TKO over Aleksei Oleinik yesterday afternoon (Sat., April 20, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 7 from Saint Petersburg, Russia, but “The Reem” also earned some extra cash in the process.
While Overeem’s main event finish was not included in UFC St. Petersburg’s post-fight bonus awards, the former UFC title challenger sill banked an extra $15,000 through the Reebok payout plan. It’s not going to set the 20-fight UFC/Strikeforce veteran up for life, but it’s a nice cherry on top of a great weekend.
In addition to Overeem, middleweight veteran Krzysztof Jotko walked away with $10,000 of his own. Jotko, who was riding a three-fight losing streak entering UFC St. Petersburg, used his main card spot to knock off promising youngster Alen Amedovski via unanimous decision. It was Jotko’s first Octagon win since taking out Thales Leites back in 2016.
But, that’s not all! Take a look at the entire Reebok payouts below (courtesy of MMA Junkie):
Alistair Overeem: $15,000
def. Aleksei Oleinik: $5,000
Islam Makhachev: $5,000
def. Arman Tsarukyan: $3,500
Sergei Pavlovich: $3,500
def. Marcelo Golm: $4,000
Roxanne Modafferi: $4,000
def. Antonina Shevchenko: $3,500
Krzysztof Jotko: $10,000
def. Alen Amedovski: $3,500
Movsar Evloev: $3,500
def. Seungwoo Choi: $3,500
Sultan Aliev: $4,000
def. Keita Nakamura: $10,000
Alexander Yakovlev: $5,000
def. Alex Da Silva: $3,500
Shamil Abdurakhimov: $5,000
def. Marcin Tybura: $5,000
Michal Oleksiejczuk: $3,500
def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov: $4,000
Magomed Mustafaev: $4,000
def. Rafael Fiziev: $3,500
Total: $111,500 (lowest of 2019)
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 St. Petersburg results and coverage click here.