UFC Fight Night 114 Athlete Outfitting pay: Program payout total passes $14 million

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MEXICO CITY – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $117,500.

UFC Fight Night 114 took place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way was former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-7-1 MMA, 14-7-1 UFC), who suffered a split-decision loss to Sam Alvey (31-9 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on the main card. “Suga” received $20,000 for his 22nd octagon appearance, the highest non-title payout possible.

The full UFC Fight Night 114 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Sergio Pettis: $5,000
def. Brandon Moreno: $2,500

Alexa Grasso: $2,500
def. Randa Markos: $5,000

Niko Price: $2,500
def. Alan Jouban: $5,000

Humberto Bandenay: $2,500
def. Martin Bravo: $2,500

Sam Alvey: $10,000
def. Rashad Evans: $20,000

Alejandro Perez: $5,000
def. Andre Soukhamthath: $2,500

Jack Hermansson: $2,500
def. Bradley Scott: $5,000

Dustin Ortiz: $10,000
def. Hector Sandoval: $2,500

Rani Yahya: $15,000
def. Henry Briones: $2,500

Jose Quinonez: $2,500
def. Diego Rivas: $2,500

Joseph Morales: $2,500
def. Roberto Sanchez: $2,500

Jordan Rinaldi: $2,500
def. Alvaro Herrera: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,775,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $14,098,000

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 114, including Johnny Cash and Macklemore

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While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City went with as their backing tracks.

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Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46)

Sergio Pettis: “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

Brandon Moreno: “Cuando tu no estas” by El Tri

Alexa Grasso def. Randa Markos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexa Grasso: “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

Randa Markos: “Believer” by Imagine Dragons

Niko Price def. Alan Jouban via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:44

Niko Price: “Coming Home, Pt. II” by Skylar Grey

Alan Jouban: “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio feat. L.V.

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo via knockout (knee, punches) – Round 1, 0:26

Humberto Bandenay: “Feruano Luchador” by Luis Chang

Martin Bravo: “Rompiendo el Hielo” by Apache

Sam Alvey def. Rashad Evans via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Sam Alvey: “Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Rashad Evans: “Survival of the Fittest” by Mobb Deep

Alejandro Perez def. Andre Soukhamthath via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez: “Originala” by Movimiento Original

Andre Soukhamthath: “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Jack Hermansson def. Bradley Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50

Jack Hermansson: “The Joker” by Damien & Terje Tylden

Bradley Scott: “Blackbird” by The Wurzels”

Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15

Dustin Ortiz: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Hector Sandoval: “Los Mandados” by Vicente Fernandez

Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01

Rani Yahya: “Prayer for the Four Directions” by David & Steve Gordon

Henry Briones: “Bailar” by Deorro feat. Elvis Crespo

Jose Quinonez def. Diego Rivas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jose Quinonez: “Luz” by Lil’ Supa

Diego Rivas: “El Otro Chile” by Portavoz feat. Stalk

Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56

Joseph Morales: “Tequila” by The Champs

Roberto Sanchez: “Cancion Del Mariachi” by Los Lobos

Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01

Jordan Rinaldi: “To Live is Christ” by Sidewalk Prophets

Alvaro Herrera: “Sail” by AWOLNATION

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 114, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Santiago Ponzinibbio, other UFC Fight Night 113 winners?

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The UFC’s second event in Scotland ended in stunning fashion when Santiago Ponzinibbio defeated Gunnar Nelson just 82 seconds into Sunday’s headliner at SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2) closed out the six-fight main card on FS1 with a thunderous finish of Nelson (16-3-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) to extend his winning streak to five and put his name on the radar of potential contenders in the welterweight division.

Prior to the Argentinian’s big moment, Cynthia Calvillo (6-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Paul Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Jack Marshman (22-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), Khalil Rountree (6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Justin Willis (5-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned important victories.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 113’s winning fighters.

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Justin Willis

Justin Willis

Should fight: Mark Godbeer
Why they should fight: It was far from exciting, but Willis joined the UFC heavyweight division with a winning performance when he defeated James Mulheron by unanimous decision.

Willis and Mulheron are two of the many new signings who have come into the heavyweight division over the past several months. It wasn’t a performance that bred much desire to see him compete again, but hopefully Willis’ sophomore octagon appearance will shed some of the memories of the fight. Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is typically can put on an entertaining affair, and ideally his style would help pull something different out of “Big Pretty,” which is likely why he was booked as his debut opponent in the first place before withdrawing due to injury.

Khalil Rountree

Khalil Rountree

Should fight: Steve Bosse
Why they should fight: After a slow start to his UFC career, Rountree has seemingly turned a corner. He picked up his second consecutive knockout, this time brutalizing Scotland’s own Paul Craig with strikes in the first round.

Rountree dropped his first two UFC appearances and showed obvious flaws in the process. His past two fights have been completely different, though, and now “The Ultimate Fighter 23” finalist has some momentum behind him in the light heavyweight division.

If the 27-year-old can continue to put together his skill set he’s going to be an interesting fighter to watch at 205 pounds. Bosse (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is primarily a stand-up fighter, as well, and has shown throughout his UFC career that he packs a massive shot. Rountree has yet to meet his equal in the striking department inside the octagon, but Bosse might be that.

Jack Marshman

Jack Marshman

Should fight: Winner of Jack Hermansson vs. Bradley Scott at UFC Fight Night 114
Why they should fight: Despite being the biggest favorite on the card, Marshman barely escaped with victory when he avoided a late rally from Ryan Janes to earn a unanimous decision.

Marshman has alternated wins and losses over his three-fight UFC tenure, but the one constant theme in his fights has been excitement. The Welshman delivered another fan-pleasing performance against Janes, and if he can continue to produce those type of fights, will be a lasting member of the UFC’s middleweight division.

Two names also known for delivering entertaining bouts are Hermansson (15-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Scott (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who are scheduled to meet at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5. Both fighters would mesh well with Marshman inside the octagon, and more importantly, are logical matchups to take place on the UFC’s European circuit of events.

Paul Felder

Paul Felder

Should fight: Evan Dunham
Why they should fight: Felder crossed into enemy territory and delivered a statement performance when he put Stevie Ray to sleep in the first round of their lightweight bout in front of a hostile Scottish crowd.

“The Irish Dragon” showed no mercy for Ray, crushing him with devastating knees and elbows before the referee finally stopped the action just under 4 minutes into the contest. It was an emotional moment for Felder, who learned of his father’s passing just days before his training camp began.

Felder didn’t let the situation deter him, though, and he emerged with his fourth victory in five fights. His only setback in that stretch came in a September fight against Francisco Trinaldo that was called off by the doctor due to a gruesome cut.

There’s no doubt Felder wants to try to break his way into the 155-pound rankings, and facing a longtime veteran of the organization in Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) would be a significant opportunity. Dunham is capable of wearing down any opponent and breaking them over the course of 15 minutes. Felder has shown no instincts of quitting during his career, and that asset alone would make for a compelling affair.

Cynthia Calvillo

Cynthia Calvillo

Should fight: Carla Esparza
Why they should fight: Calvillo passed her toughest test to date when she went into Joanne Calderwood’s backyard and pulled off a unanimous-decision victory.

Calvillo has been part of the UFC roster for less than four months, but already she’s managed to go 3-0 with two pay-per-view main-card appearances and a co-main event spot on FS1. UFC President Dana White has made his adoration for Calvillo no secret, and it appears she’s on the fast track to the top.

After submitting her opponent in the first two UFC fights, Calvillo was forced to go to a decision and show off new elements of her game against Calderwood. She’s going to continue to improve with the support of a solid camp at Team Alpha Male, and at this point the sky could be the limit.

Calvillo is not yet at the level where she’s getting attention as a possible challenger for strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, with a few more solid wins, she will be right there. Assuming she keeps progressing at her current rate in terms of competition, a matchup with Esparza (12-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) could be the right fit.

Esparza was the first UFC 115-pound champion, but since then she’s had a bit of a rough run. “The Cookie Monster” is coming off a win over Maryna Moroz, and it would be interesting to see how her wrestling-oriented offensive style would clash with Calvillo’s slick grappling game.

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Should fight: Neil Magny
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Ponzinibbio should fight Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 113, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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