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Fighters respond to the official UFC Reebok payscale on Twitter

UFC fighters are reacting to the official release of the Reebok pay tiers for the exclusive sponsorship deal starting in July. So far, reactions are mixed.

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The UFC's Reebok sponsorship deal got one step closer to reality today, with the release of the planned payment tiers for fighters. Just recently, the UFC announced that they were shifting from a planned ranking based system to a new tiered plan based on tenure. The more fighters fight for Zuffa promotions, the more they get paid. But just how much getting paid would entail wasn't public knowledge, until today. Now the word is out on the new UFC tiers which promise a minimum of $2,500 for fighters with 1-5 fights, and $40,000 for champions, with everyone else falling in between.

Compared with what many fighters were making, it's not a whole lot, and some took to Twitter to voice their displeasure:

Other fighters took a more pragmatic, and for a few, down right positive, approach:

Reports are out that these initial number represent a baseline of what the UFC will distribute through the Reebok deal, but that they hope to up the totals through other deals further down the road. Still for fighters like Brendan Schaub and James Krause, they're going to have a long way to go before they can bridge the tens of thousands of dollars those fighters claim they're going to be missing out on.