The public response from UFC fighters to the new Reebok sponsorship deal has been mixed if not veering towards negative. Yesterday the UFC unveiled its tenure-based payment structure which will divvy up sponsorship money as low as $2,500 for fighters with 1-5 Zuffa bouts and $40,000 for the champions.
TUF 15 runner-up Al Iaquinta falls under the $5,000 tier (6-10 fights), and he went to Twitter to "cheer" the money he'll make in his next fight:
First thought as I woke up this morning... I'm making 5 thousand dollars in sponsors for my next fight! yay @Reebok !— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 7, 2015
Iaquinta removed all doubt about whether or not that tweet was sarcastic by implementing the UFC's system to boxing and the NBA, most notably Floyd Mayweather and LeBron James:
Hey Floyd here's 40k and no you can't have Burger King walk out with you! Here wear these generic shorts all week don't likem? Too bad— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 7, 2015
Lebron unless you have 20 seasons, you are still at 2nd tier in sponsors bro— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 7, 2015
The Long Island native fights Bobby Green on July 15th at UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Duffee in San Diego. The UFC's new Reebok deal and uniform policy will be put into action on July 11th, the night of UFC 189: Aldo vs. McGregor.