Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 221 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $171,000.
UFC 221 took place at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Leading the way was Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), who received the $30,000 allotment given to those challenging for a title or fighting for a vacant or interim belt. With Yoel Romero missing weight at Friday’s official ceremony, he was no longer eligible to win the belt and also was not rewarded with that tier of compensation.
The full UFC 221 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:
Yoel Romero: $10,000
def. Luke Rockhold: $30,000
”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $5,000
def. Damien Brown: $5,000
Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.
In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.
Full 2018 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:
- “UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold” – $171,000
- “UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders” – $151,500
- “UFC on FOX 27: Jacare vs. Brunson 2” – $146,000
- “UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou” – $249,500
- “UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi” – $135,000
Year-to-date total: $853,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,471,000
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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