There has been much fervor over the UFC’s decision to ink a uniform deal with sports apparel giant Reebok, which in turn bans fighters from adding sponsor logos to their fight apparel both during their bouts and in the lead-up to the event.
On Wednesday, a letter went out fighters and managers detailing the payout structure for how fighters would be compensated in accordance with the new Reebok deal. The details were then quickly leaked to the media. MMAWeekly.com confirmed the information with various sources.
Based on a fighters tenure, the pay structure is arrange as follows:
- Fighters with 1 to 5 bouts will receive $2,500 per fight
- Fighters with 6 to 10 bouts will receive $5,000 per fight
- Fighters with 11 to 15 bouts will receive $10,000 per fight
- Fighters with 16 to 20 bouts will receive $15,000 per fight
- Fighters with 21 bouts or more will receive $20,000 per fight
- Title challengers will receive $30,000 per fight
- Champions will receive $40,000 per fight
A fighter’s tenure can be more than his or her fights in the Octagon. Also included in the tenure count are an athlete’s bouts fought under the Strikeforce and World Extreme Cagefighting banners. Both promotions are also owned by Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, but have been shuttered.
The UFC-Reebok apparel deal requires fighters and their corners to wear Reebok-provided uniforms and apparel not only during their bouts, but at UFC promotional events leading up to the bouts. Payouts in accordance with the deal are contingent upon a fighter fully complying with the new uniform policy and will be made within 10 days of the bout.
Fighters will also receive royalties on Reebok produced UFC fan merchandise that is branded with the fighter’s likeness, but the payment of such royalties “will be made to fighters based on the terms of their UFC Merchandise Rights Agreement.”
“We continue to believe the introduction of the official outfitting kits for our athletes is a beneficial investment, which will elevate and create long-term value for (fighters), the UFC brand and the sport,” said the letter signed by company president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
The UFC fighter uniform deal had been in the works for more than a year, but finally came to fruition in early December when the two companies announced a six-year partnership that is reportedly worth $70 million.
Uniforms will be required for all athletes and their cornermen beginning the week of July 6, 2015, which coincides with the UFC’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas.