Find Out the New Increased Incentive Pay for the UFC Roster Under the Brand New Contract With Venum

Published 04/11/2021, 11:39 PM EDT


The UFC has officially arrived in the Venum era after the Reebok deal expired at UFC 260 on March 27. Now, Venum is the official outfitter for the UFC. It made its debut at the UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland on ABC 2.

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The Reebok deal offered incentive pay of $3,500 per fight for fighters having 1-3 fights in the UFC. Furthermore, it offered added incentives to tenured fighters. The pocketed $4,000 for 4-5 fights, $5,000 for 6-10 fights, $10,000 for 11-15 fights, $20,000 for 21 and above fights.

Champions received an amount of $40,000 and the challengers for the title got $30,000. Some fighters expressed the Reebok deal was not the best for them, as they felt they could make more from individual sponsors per fight as compared to the deal with Reebok.

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This was a fine deal for new and upcoming fighters, as it’s hard for them to get sponsors in the early stages of their careers. This ensured a fixed and reliable paying structure for the fighters. So have things changed with the arrival of Venum?

UFC Fighters will receive a small increment with the Venum deal

Akin to the Reebok deal, the UFC’s deal with Venum will not permit fighters to showcase their own sponsors’ logos on their official fight gear. But, the fighters will receive an increment in their incentive pay with the new Venum deal. According to Mark Raimondi from ESPN, UFC will boost the pay scale by $1 million per year.

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The new deal will give $4,000 per fight for fighters with 1-3  fights experience in the UFC, $4,500 for 4-5 fights, $6,000 for 6-10 fights, $11,000 for 11-15 fights, $21,000 for 21 and above fights. Champions will receive an amount of $42,000 and the challengers for the title will get $32,000 per fight. It’s a minor bump in the salary, but any increase is good if it’s making more money than the previous deal.

Venum is one of the leaders in the mixed martial arts equipment space and produces quality products for athletes. As of now, people have mixed reviews about the new outfits. How do you feel about the new Venum outfits?

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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