One Fighter Is Not Happy With The UFC Reebok Sponsorship Deal
The UFC have announced the payouts athletes will receive under their new outfitting policy with Reebok, and not everyone is best pleased.
Starting with UFC 189 on July 11, fighters will be paid fixed figures dependant on the number of fights they have had under their organisation.
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Each fighter must now wear Reebok apparel in the octagon, meaning those who have not fought more than five times under the UFC banner earn a fixed $2,500 and nothing further. It has left one fighter in particular feeling rather hard done by, and understandably so.
Wow 2500$ for my next fight for reebok sponsorship. ....i mad twice that off 1 sponsor my last fight!!!! Sucks!
— Roger Narvaez (@Silverback316) May 6, 2015
It also means that Conor McGregor will earn $30,000 from Reebok as a challenger to Jose Aldo in July, but were he to lose and his next fight not be a title bout, that figure would be reduced to $5,000 as he will by then have fought fewer than 10 times in the UFC.
There are loopholes; athletes are permitted to have sponsorship deals with Reebok external to the official UFC-Reebok deal, and can also be sponsored by other sportswear or non-sportswear brands- but only outside of fight week. Ah, sound.
Fighters who don't comply with the regulations will face penalties, so we imagine Roger Narvaez won't be the last UFC fighter to ask questions in the coming months.