The hugely hyped UFC 205 has now come and gone. Unsurprisingly, the stacked event was a massive financial success. As UFC President Dana White pointed out, it broke company records in the areas of live gate and pay-per-view sales. As it turns out, it was also a big night for the UFC’s athlete outfitting deal with Reebok.
Under the Reebok outfitting deal, fighters are paid based on the number of fights they’ve had in the UFC, and in Zuffa-era Strikeforce and WEC. The more fights they’ve had under these banners, the more they’re paid to wear their Reebok gear. Champions, meanwhile, receive $40,000, the maximum amount possible under the Reebok deal, while title challengers receive $30,000 to rock Reebok in the cage.
Given that UFC 205’s lineup included four champions, three title challengers, and several very experienced UFC veterans, it’s not surprising that the Reebok payout for the even was pretty high. In sum, fighters received $392,500 for wearing Reebok at UFC 205, with the bulk of that amount going to the card’s champions: Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor, Tyron Woodley and Joana Jedrzejczyk.
Here’s a full rundown of the Reebok outfitting payout for UFC 205 (via MMAMania.com)
- Conor McGregor: $40,000 def. Eddie Alvarez: $40,000
- Tyron Woodley: $40,000 vs. Stephen Thompson: $30,000
- Joanna Jedrzejczyk: $40,000 def. Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $30,000
- Yoel Romero: $5,000 def. Chris Weidman: $10,000
- Raquel Pennington: $5,000 def. Miesha Tate: $10,000
- Frankie Edgar: $20,000 def. Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
- Khabib Nurmagomedov: $5,000 def. Michael Johnson: $15,000
- Vicente Luque: $2,500 def. Belal Muhammad: $2,500
- Jim Miller: $20,000 def. Thiago Alves: $20,000
- Tim Boetsch: $15,000 def. Rafael Natal: $15,000
- Liz Carmouche: $5,000 def. Katlyn Chookagian: $2,500
In the main event of UFC 205, featherweight champ Conor McGregor defeated lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez to become the first fighter in UFC history to wear gold in two divisions simultaneously. The co-main event, meanwhile, saw Tyron Woodley and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson battle to a memorable majority draw, while the card’s third title fight saw Joanna Jedrzejczyk defeat Karolina Kowalkiewicz with a unanimous decision. Other highlights of the card included big wins from Yoel Romero, Raquel Pennington, Frankie Edgar, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Tim Boetsch.
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