Reebok And UFC Announce Bonus Structure

June 19, 2015

The UFC and Reebok made their big announcement about fighter bonus structure and many fighters are not happy about the news. If you don’t know what’s happening with the new UFC uniform deal, the UFC partnered with Reebok to provide uniforms for all fighters in the organization much like having uniforms in other professional sports organizations like the NFL and NBA. This eliminates advertisements on fighters from other companies during fights, ultimately taking away a lot of revenue from a lot of fighters.

The new bonus structure is based upon tenure rather than performance. Here it is:

  • Fighters with between 1-5 fights in the UFC, WEC or Zuffa era Strikeforce will receive $2500 per fight
  • 6-10 fights receive $5000
  • 11-15 fights receive $10,000
  • 16-20 fights receive $15,000
  • 21 or more receive $20,000
  • Champions receive $40,000
  • Title challengers receive $30,000 per fight

As you can see, tenure is king in this structure and fighters who don’t have tenure and put on amazing shows all the time do not get rewarded for it.

You can check out some sample tweets with some obvious dissatisfaction here.

While VFD gives brands opportunities to get involved with MMA and the UFC to increase brand awareness, things are changing and we’ll see what happens when the dust settles. Running a professional organization is not easy and only time will tell how things work out.