One of many largest MMA tales in latest weeks has been the subject of fighter pay within the UFC. Jorge Masvidal was handed over for a title shot as a consequence of an deadlock in combat negotiations, Jon Jones has seemingly determined to go to struggle with the UFC over his present pay construction, and Henry Cejudo retired from the game as a result of it wasn’t value it financially to proceed competing. However whereas the UFC’s pay construction has been catching the brunt of the backlash, let it not be forgotten that the unique fighter pay challenge – the UFC’s unique sponsorship with Reebok – has nonetheless not gone away.

In 2014, the UFC signed an unique sponsorship cope with Reebok, making a uniformity in fighter put on for his or her occasions by eradicating outdoors sponsorship for fighters on their shirts, combat gear, and banners. For all however the largest stars, this successfully killed fighter sponsorship {dollars} and was changed by a tiered system of sponsorship from Reebok, paying fighters $3,500 for his or her first three UFC fights, $5,000 for fights 4-10, $10,000 for his or her 11th to 15th fights, $15,000 for 16 to 20, and $20,000 for 21 fights plus, with champions incomes $40,000 per combat. Fighters are additionally compensated a share of merchandising bought however, in accordance with the UFC’s latest star, that share is a far cry from honest.

Yesterday, Sean O’Malley went on Brendan Schaub’s Meals Truck Diaries and took hearth on the Reebok deal, saying he solely obtained a small share of cash he helped generate.

“I acquired royalties from Reebok,” O’Malley stated. “If I learn it proper – which I believe I did, and I even despatched it to my dad like, ‘Did I learn this proper?’ and he stated sure, so except we each can’t learn – Reebok remodeled 1,000,000 {dollars} on all my merch, and I acquired like $3,000. I’m like, what the f*ck?

“It’s ridiculous. I believed I acquired 15%. They usually’re like ‘Nicely, you get 15% of this, however of this, after which these guys get it, and then you definately get 15% of that.’ I’m like holy sh*t, you guys are f*cking me. Then, they make all these candy shirts on Reebok and I’m like, rattling. I inform folks, ‘Don’t purchase that!’”

O’Malley didn’t reveal actual figures for his claims, so his accusations can’t be verified. Nonetheless, the Reebok deal has been an enormous level of consternation for a lot of fighters because it was introduced and, simply weeks after the Reebok partnership was introduced, a category motion lawsuit was filed towards the group. Within the ensuing 5 years, the notion of the Reebok deal has been combined, with some fighters having fun with the simple cash and others decrying the misplaced incomes potential in sponsorship. O’Malley clearly falls into the latter class and went on to disclose that he’s presently in talks with “a significant firm” for administration with regard to merchandising and sponsorships.

“I’m truly speaking to an enormous, a very, actually, actually massive company about managing me, however not for fights,” O’Malley stated. “Only for all that stuff. So hopefully that can get a found out after which merch will include that. I need to do it proper.”

The UFC’s cope with Reebok is about to run out this 12 months and the expectation at this level is that it’ll not be renewed. As a substitute, rumors abound that a brand new deal will likely be negotiated with Nike, Below Armour, and Venum rising because the main candidates.

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