AUSTIN, Texas Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 126 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $165,000.
UFC Fight Night 126 took place at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.Leading the way were a pair of longtime UFC veterans. Donald Cerrone (33-10 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and Thiago Alves (22-12 MMA, 14-9 UFC) earned a maximum non-title payoff of $20,000 for having 21 or more fights under the program structure.
The full UFC Fight Night 126 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:
Donald Cerrone: $20,000
def. Yancy Medeiros: $10,000Derrick Lewis: $10,000def. Marcin Tybura: $5,000James Vick: $5,000def. Francisco Trinaldo: $15,000Curtis Millender: $3,500def. Thiago Alves: $20,000Brandon Davis: $3,500def. Steven Peterson: $3,500Sage Northcutt: $5,000def. Thibault Gouti: $5,000Diego Ferreira: $5,000def. Jared Gordon: $3,500Geoff Neal: $3,500def. Brian Camozzi: $3,500Roberto Sanchez: $3,500def. Joby Sanchez: $5,000Lucie Pudilova: $3,500def. Sarah Moras: $5,000Alex Morono: $5,000def. Josh Burkman: $15,000Oskar Piechota: $3,500def. Tim Williams: $3,500Under 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 Fight Night 126: Cowboy vs. Medeiros” $165,000 “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: $1,018,000
2017 total: $6,295,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $17,636,000For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 126, check out the UFC Events section of the site.