Athlete Outfitting Pay for UFC Fight Night 96

October 2, 2016 10:47 am by Tom Taylor

Last night, the UFC took over Portland, Oregon with UFC Fight Night 96.

In the evening’s main event, we saw streaking bantamweight contender John Lineker take an extremely competitive decision from two-time flyweight title challenger John Dodson.

The evening’s co-main event, meanwhile, saw Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira stop former Bellator champ Will Brooks after missing weight by more than 5 lbs.

Elsewhere on the card, we saw fighters like Zak Ottow, Brandon Moreno, Andre Fili, Nate Marquardt and Curtis Blaydes score memorable wins.

John Lineker wins

At the moment, fighter purses for the event have no yet been disclosed. We do, however, know how much each of the card’s 24 fighters took home through the UFC’s oft-criticized uniform deal with sports apparel giant, Reebok.

Athlete outfitting pay is determined by the number of fights a fighter has had in the UFC, and during the Zuffa-owned eras of Strikeforce (April 2011 and later) and WEC (January 2007 and later). Champions, however, receive $40,000 regardless of Zuffa experience, while title challengers get $30,000.

The 24 fighters on the UFC Fight Night 96 lineup took home a total of $115,000.

The biggest slice of that pie went to the veteran Nate Marquardt on the strength of his 24 fights in the UFC and Zuffa-era Strikeforce. Beyond Marquardt, Josh Burkman was the next biggest winner, taking home $15,000 for his 16th fight in the UFC.

It’s also worth noting that 15 of the fighters on the card received the lowest amount possible on the UFC’s athlete outfitting payment scale: a mere $2,500.

Josh Burkman wins

Here’s a full rundown of the UFC athlete outfitting pay for UFC Fight Night 96 (via MMAJunkie.com).

John Lineker (12th fight): $10,000
John Dodson (10th fight): $5,000

Alex Oliveira (7th fight): $5,000
Will Brooks (2nd fight): $2,500

Zak Ottow (1st fight): $2,500
Josh Burkman (16th fight): $15,000

Brandon Moreno (1st fight): $2,500
Louis Smolka (7th fight): $5,000

Luis Henrique da Silva (2nd fight): $2,500
Joachim Christensen (1st fight): $2,500

Andre Fili (7th fight): $5,000
Hacran Dias (7th fight): $5,000

Shamil Abdurakhimov (3rd fight): $2,500
Walt Harris (5th fight): $2,500

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (3rd fight): $2,500
Keita Nakamura (7th fight): $5,000

Nate Marquardt (24th fight): $20,000
Tamdan McCrory (9th fight): $5,000

Ion Cutelaba (2nd fight): $2,500
Jonathan Wilson (3rd fight): $2,500

Curtis Blaydes (2nd fight): $2,500
Cody East (2nd fight): $2,500

Ketlan Vieira (1st fight): $2,500
Kelly Faszholz (2nd fight): $2,500

How do you feel about the UFC’s outfitting deal with Reebok? Sound off in the comments, PENN nation!


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