Hey Not the Face! 12: UFC contract change addresses royalties, sponsorship & rights

Episode 12 discussion: Our latest episode features big changes to UFC contracts that saw alterations in royalties, sponsorship, image rights, intellectual property and more

By: Stephie Haynes | 2 months ago
Hey Not the Face! 12: UFC contract change addresses royalties, sponsorship & rights
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Welcome to Hey Not the Face!, the podcast that provides expert analysis on all aspects of combat sports finance with an intense focus on fighter pay. Hey Not the Face! will also feature updates on both antitrust suits against the UFC, in-depth comparisons of boxing pay vs. MMA pay, thorough examinations of contracts and more. The show is hosted by John Nash and airs twice monthly. No permanent schedule has been worked out, but we’ll make sure to notify everyone via our various social media platforms when new shows are released. As always, we hope you enjoy listening.



  • What do fighters get paid for?
  • What don’t fighters get paid for?
  • How much do fighters get?


  • How did we get here regarding fighter sponsors?
  • Outfitter policy/athlete kits – how does it work?
  • Sponsorships and appearance fees between fighters and sponsors arranged by the UFC. How does that work and how much does it pay?
  • Does the UFC take advantage of this?

Video Game Rights

  • What, if anything, do fighters get from the video game? And how long does the UFC gets those rights?

New IP “Work Product” Clause

  • What is this new clause and what does it mean for fighters?

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Stephie Haynes
Stephie Haynes

Stephie Haynes has been covering MMA since 2005. She has also worked for MMA promotion Proelite and apparel brand TapouT. She hosted TapouT’s official radio show for four years before joining Bloody Elbow in 2012. She has interviewed everyone there is to interview in the fight game from from Dana White to Conor McGregor to Kimbo Slice, as well as mainstream TV, film and music stars including Norman Reedus, RZA and Anthony Bourdain. She has been producing the BE podcast network since 2017 and hosts four of its current shows.

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