This has to stop…
The highly controversial UFC Reebok deal has caused big change in the way the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion operates. Not only are all fighter sponsors banned from the octagon and during fight week, but the payout scale is measly at best.
The poor pay system that was implemented without any say by the fighters means that some unfortunate souls make a pet $2,500 in Reebok sponsorship pay per fight. Some fighters including non-champions reportedly made upwards of $100,000 per fight before Reebok came to town.
The pay scale:
As you can see from the screenshot above, even champions in the UFC make way less than they used to. Many fighters have spoken out publicly about their disgust in the pay cut, yet the UFC is now stuck in a six year deal reportedly worth $70 Million USD with Reebok.
You have to wonder why the UFC would enter a deal with Reebok if they weren’t going to make some monetary profit. It would seem stupid, yet UFC president Dana White has been quoted as saying the deal was a ‘home run’ with fighters, and also at the UFC wasn’t ‘making a dollar’ from the partnership.