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The UFC is officially launching a new partnership with Venum that kicks off the April 10 event after years with Reebok and pay levels for the fighters have come to light.
New promotional instructions were sent out to the fighters on Thursday, and MMA Fighting received details from an updated agreement between the UFC and the athletes on the roster. Details were first reported by ESPN.
As with the previous agreement with Reebok, Venum’s promotional payout will be based on the number of fights they have fought as part of the promotion, as well as the individual tiers for champions and athletes competing for titles.
This is how the new breakdown will work according to the UFC promotion rules:
Overall, with the Venum deal, fighters are seeing a slight increase in ad payout.
For example, fighters who are just starting to compete in the UFC from 1 to 3 fights have been increased from $ 3,500 to $ 4,000 under the new program. Meanwhile, the partnership with Venum will increase the number of reigning champions from $ 40,000 to $ 42,000.
These new pay levels took effect on April 1.
While most of the other requirements for fighters under the UFC promotion guidelines are now the same as when promotions were conducted with Reebok, one change is that fighters now require permission to use mouthpieces during competition.
According to advertising rules, fighters’ mouthpieces “must be submitted for review and approval at registration during the week of the fight.”
“Mouth guards may not have any commercially identifiable logos or trademarks other than UFC logos and trademarks; however, athletes’ names, their children’s names, spouse’s name, athletes’ nicknames, country flags, or those approved by UFC and documented in the system and other Unbranded designs may be permitted if approved by UFC.”
As with the new pay tiers, all changes to the UFC promotion rules go into effect on April 1st.