UFC 221 Athlete Outfitting pay: Yoel Romero's pay downgraded after missing weight

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

Curtis Blaydes: $5,000

def. Mark Hunt: $15,000

Tai Tuivasa: $3,500

def. Cyril Asker: $5,000

Jake Matthews: $5,000

def. Li Jingliang: $5,000

Tyson Pedro: $5,000

def. Saparbek Safarov: $3,500

”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim: $5,000

def. Damien Brown: $5,000

Israel Adesanya: $3,500

def. Rob Wilkinson: $3,500

Alex Volkanovski: $5,000

def. Jeremy Kennedy: $5,000

Jussier Formiga: $10,000

def. Ben Nguyen: $5,000

Ross Pearson: $20,000

def. Mizuto Hirota: $5,000

Jose Quinonez: $5,000

def. Teruto Ishihara: $5,000

Luke Jumeau: $3,500

def. Daichi Abe: $3,500

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:

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

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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