Last night, the UFC touched down in the Canadian MMA hub of Edmonton, Alberta with the anticipated UFC 215.
In the UFC 215 main event, we saw UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes score a razor-close win over red-hot challenger Valentina Shevchenko. In the co-main event, meanwhile we saw former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos assert himself as one of the hottest contenders at welterweight, steamrolling Neil Magny to a first round submission win. Elsewhere on the main card, we saw former UFC flyweight contender Henry Cejudo club Wilson Reis to a first-round win, while Ilir Latifi slowed the rise of Tyson Pedro with a decision, and Jeremy Stephens spoiled the featherweight debut of Gilbert Melendez with a unanimous nod.
At the moment, the official fight purses for UFC 215 have not yet been disclosed. We do, however, know how much each of the card’s fighters took home for wearing 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.
Under this framework, UFC 215’s biggest earners were Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, who pocketed $40,000 and $30,000 as champion and challenger respectively. The next biggest earners on the card were the experienced Jeremy Stephens and Rafael dos Anjos, who pocketed $20,000 each.
Here’s a full rundown of the Reebok payout for UFC 215 (via MMAJunkie.com)
Amanda Nunes: $40,000
def. Valentina Shevchenko: $30,000
Rafael dos Anjos: $20,000
def. Neil Magny: $15,000
Henry Cejudo: $5,000
def. Wilson Reis: $5,000
Ilir Latifi: $5,000
def. Tyson Pedro: $2,500
Jeremy Stephens: $20,000
def. Gilbert Melendez: $5,000
Ketlen Vieira: $2,500
def. Sara McMann: $5,000
Sarah Moras: $2,500
def. Ashlee Evans-Smith: $2,500
Rick Glenn: $2,500
def. Gavin Tucker: $2,500
Alex White: $5,000
def. Mitch Clarke: $5,000
Arjan Bhullar: $2,500
def. Luis Henrique: $2,500
Kajan Johnson: $2,500
def. Adriano Martins: $5,000
Do you think fighters should be paid more under the UFC’s outfitting deal with Reebok?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 9/10/2017.