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Thomson made $35,000 in sponsors for Bellator 142, 7 times more than Reebok deal

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Lightweight veteran Josh Thomson made 7 times more from sponsors in his Bellator debut than he would for his 5th fight in the UFC under the new Reebok sponsorship.

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According to MMA Fighting, Josh Thomson revealed that he made $35,000 from three sponsors in his Bellator debut last Saturday. Under the UFC banner, the 37-year-old MMA veteran would have made only $5,000 from the Reebok sponsorship deal, and that's with seven fights in the organisation.

Many fighters were quick to criticize the partnership with Reebok, which forbids external sponsorships and included all-new fighter uniforms.

Brendan Schaub said it would no longer make sense for him to compete in the UFC due to his cut earnings from the Reebok deal, and pound for pound #1 Jose Aldo compared the Reebok fighter kits to "Power Ranger" costumes.

Long time cut man Jacob 'Stitch' Duran was also released from the UFC after expressing his concern with the sponsorship to Bloody Elbow in July.

Josh Thomson was one of the initial fighters to switch to Bellator after his UFC contract expired. Phil Davis also decided to abandon the UFC in favour of Scott Coker's promotion earlier in April.

Thomson and Davis both picked up wins at Bellator's Dynamite event on Saturday: 'The Punk' submitted Mike Bronzoulis in the third round and 'Mr. Wonderful' was crowned the light-heavy weight tournament winner.