On Saturday night, the UFC touched down in beautiful Denver, Colorado with UFC on Fox 23.
In the evening’s main event, Valentina Shevchenko stopped Julianna Peña with a second round armbar. The co-main event, meanwhile, saw Jorge Masvidal deliver a substantial upset with a second-round thrashing of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The rest of the main card, finally, saw Francis Ngannou club Andrei Arlovski and Jason Knight tap Alex Caceres, while the undercard highlights included decision wins from Sam Alvey and Raphael Assuncao, who defeated Nate Marquardt and Aljamain Sterling respectively.
At this stage, fighter purses for this action-packed, 12-fight card have not been released. We do, however, know how much each of the card’s 24 fighters took home through the UFC’s oft-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 earners of the UFC’s latest trip to Denver were Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, Andrei Arlovski, and Nate Marquardt, who pocketed $20,000 each on the strength of their many fights in the UFC, WEC and Strikeforce cages. Both main event fighters, meanwhile, took home just $2,500 – the lowest amount possible under the UFC’s deal with Reebok.
Here’s a full rundown of the Reebok payout for UFC on Fox 23 (figures via MMAJunkie.com).
Valentina Shevchenko: $2,500
def. Julianna Pena: $2,500
Jorge Masvidal: $15,000
def. Donald Cerrone: $20,000
Francis Ngannou: $2,500
def. Andrei Arlovski: $20,000
Jason Knight: $2,500
def. Alex Caceres: $15,000
Sam Alvey: $5,000
def. Nate Marquardt: $20,000
Raphael Assuncao: $10,000
def. Aljamain Sterling: $5,000
Li Jingliang: $5,000
def. Bobby Nash: $2,500
Jordan Johnson: $2,500
def. Luis Henrique da Silva: $2,500
Eric Spicely: $2,500
def. Alessio Di Chirico: $2,500
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $5,000
def. Jeremy Kimball: $2,500
Alexandre Pantoja : $2,500
def. Eric Shelton: $2,500
Jason Gonzalez: $2,500
def. J.C. Cottrell: $2,500
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/29/2017.
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