Athlete Outfitting Pay for UFC on Fox 22: 16 fighters take home $2,500

December 18, 2016 8:44 am by Tom Taylor
Michelle Waterson works for title fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Last night, the UFC touched down in Sacramento, California with UFC on Fox 22. At the moment, purses for this 13-fight card are not known. We do, however, know how much the card’s 26 fighters took home through the UFC’s frequently criticized outfitting deal with sports apparel giant Reebok.

Under the UFC’s deal with Reebok, fighters are paid based on the amount of fights they’ve had in the UFC’s Octagon, and in the Zuffa-owned eras of Strikeforce (April 2011 and after) and WEC (January 2007 and after). Champions and title challengers, however, are paid $40,000 and $30,000 respectively, regardless of their experience in the aforementioned promotions. These are the two highest payouts possible under this UFC-Reebok partnership.

The biggest winner of the UFC on Fox 22 was retiring legend Urijah Faber, who took home $20,000 for his main card scrap with England’s Brad Pickett. Pickett was also one of the night’s biggest winners, taking home $15,000 for wearing Reebok in his bout with Faber. Disgruntled featherweight Cole Miller also took home $15,000, as did bantamweight veterans Eddie Wineland and Takeya Mizugaki, who fought on the Fight Pass Prelims.

Unfortunately, a whopping 16 fighters on the card took home just $2,500, the lowest payment tier possible under the UFC’s deal with Reebok. One of these fighters was former Invicta atomweight champ Michelle Waterson, who defeated Paige VanZant in the evening’s main event.

Here’s a full rundown of the athlete outfitting pay for UFC on Fox 22. (Figures via MMAJunkie.com).

Michelle Waterson: $2,500
def. Paige VanZant: $5,000

Mickey Gall: $2,500
def. Sage Northcutt: $2,500

Urijah Faber: $20,000
def. Brad Pickett: $15,000

Alan Jouban: $5,000
def. Mike Perry: $2,500

Paul Craig: $2,500
def. Luis Henrique da Silva: $2,500

Mizuto Hirota: $2,500
def. Cole Miller: $15,000

Colby Covington: $5,000
def. Bryan Barberena: $2,500

Alex Morono: $2,500
def. James Moontasri: $5,000

Josh Emmett: $2,500
def. Scott Holtzman: $2,500

Leslie Smith: $5,000
def. Irene Aldana: $2,500

Eddie Wineland: $15,000
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $15,000

Hector Sandoval: $2,500
def. Fredy Serrano: $2,500

Sultan Aliev: $2,500
def. Bojan Velickovic: $2,500

What do you think of the UFC’s outfitting deal with Reebok? Sound off, PENN Nation!


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