Fighter response to the reward tiers of the UFC's upcoming uniform deal with Reebok hasn't been overtly positive.
In December, Reebok signed a six-year, $70 million agreement to be 'the exclusive worldwide outfitter of the UFC.'
While the UFC released statements hoping to quell the unruly, Rogan isn't happy with the sight of fighters complaining of lost income due the Reebok deal.
"This is a big deal now in MMA that Reebok is the official sponsor for the UFC," Rogan said speaking with Bellator middleweight Joe Schilling on his podcast. "Fighters can't have independent sponsors when they walk into the cage now and financially it seems to be a huge disaster for the fighters."
Rather than determine sponsorship payouts by questionable rankings, UFC will doll out athletes' stipends based on how many Zuffa fights they've competed in.
"Whenever you see these guys complaining and talking about the difference in the amount of pay that they're getting, that's not good," said Rogan. "It's not good. All that stuff had to be worked out, should have been worked out in advance. It's great to have a big sponsor like Reebok involved, but not if the fighters have to suffer."
Rogan brought up the example of UFC heavyweight Brendon Schaub, who claimed he would stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars under the promotion's tiered sponsor system.
"Brendan Schaub said that he would be getting 10 grand, but every single[sic] fight that he had before this he was getting six figures, so at least $100,000. It could mean as much as $900,000, for every fight. Six figures for every fight and now he's making 10 grand. That's a big hit."
Fighters who have between one and five fights in the UFC will make just $2,500 per fight under the tiered system. Fighters with six to 10 UFC bouts will make $5,000; 11 to 15 will get fighters $10,000; 16 to 20 fights earns $15,000; and 21 bouts and up gets a fighter $20,000. Title challengers will make $30,000 and champions will pull in $40,000.
"Even the champs get 40 grand," said Rogan. "The champs. The best guys in the world get 40 grand. That doesn't seem like enough to me. That just doesn't.
"Look, I'm not a businessman. I'd be the sh****est businessman in the world. If I owned the UFC, the UFC would probably be filing for bankruptcy right now. I would never have gotten it to where it is. I would never have done any of the smart moves these guys have done. I'm an idiot when it comes to business, but I just don't like when I see fighters suffering financially. I don't like it. At all.
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(I will not spend my morning twitter searching "Stipe Sucks") (Yes I will)— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) May 10, 2015
Im so overwhelmed! Thanks to everyone for all your support throughout I couldn't have done it with... https://t.co/pIKbJ0JPqN— Robert Whittaker (@RJWhittaker1990) May 10, 2015
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Thank you team https://t.co/8Q7nUFSYKH— Kyle Nasty Noke (@KyleNoke) May 10, 2015
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@dylanthevillian cheers dude you a tough mutha!!! Hope your eye heals up!!— Bradley Scott (@Bradleyscott89) May 10, 2015
Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) May 10, 2015
Had a blast in the Octagon yesterday, slinging some heavy leather, and receiving some back. Came away... https://t.co/465DjELW76— Badger O'Reilly (@OReillyMMA) May 11, 2015
Many emotions right now. So happy to have made a good impression in my debut. Amazing to have the support I have behind me, so grateful.— Ben 10 Nguyen (@Ben10MMA) May 10, 2015
Better luck next time.
The old warhorse got beaten up sorry was to tired big mistake to be tired wen u facing the top end congrats stipe... http://t.co/VlaZXRJHZa— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) May 10, 2015
Thank you all for the very kind words! It wasn't my night tonight. Congrats to mr Whittaker! I'll be back even better,You guys are the best!— Brad Tavares (@BradTavares) May 10, 2015
Anthony Perosh (@AnthonyPerosh) May 10, 2015
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Nice talking to fans of @ufc You guys are what's keeps this sport going and growing— Lisa Ellis (@LisaEllis115) May 11, 2015
Hey family, friends, fans i didn't get the result i wanted but your support means the world i will be back, love you all— Dylan Andrews (@dylanthevillian) May 10, 2015
& thank you all for the kind words. I see you all, and appreciate the support it really means a lot— KailinCurran (@KailinCurran) May 10, 2015
Vik Grujic (@VikGrujic) May 10, 2015
Yesterday I didn't wanna even think about fighting now today all I wanna do is fight I can't wait to get back in there #Pissed— Terrion Flash Ware (@flashmma) May 10, 2015
@SaintMMA shush backyard jobber— Angela Magana UFC (@AngelaMagana1) May 10, 2015
First off Sam, no touching of the hair or face #Zoolander2 2nd, whatever day we trade fists, shall forever be known as "kick a ginger day."— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) May 10, 2015
@TomKongWatson Ill talk slow...so you understand. You beat him w basics. He is amateur, while youre just nosey. Ps Leave hair out of this— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) May 10, 2015
Pedi ele mas não me deram, Melvin guillard http://t.co/2uTh9Hk54j— Patricky Freire (@PatrickyPitbull) May 11, 2015
Is @JoshLBarnett the greatest Catch Wrestler of all time? I know he won't admit it, but bitch, he might be. Congrats to The War-master!— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) May 10, 2015
Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) May 10, 2015
Still making more money.
I wonderl what the poor people in Virginia are doing right now— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) May 10, 2015
Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) May 11, 2015
Happy Mother's Day with a little humor lol ;-) pic.twitter.com/lxaJCIvb2e— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) May 10, 2015
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