White paid Machida bonus out of his own pocket for beating Ortiz


UFC fighters are paid to fight, paid to win, and can earn a bonus for a fight of the night, submission of the night, or knockout of the night. But after beating Tito Ortiz at UFC 84, Lyoto Machida was a paid a personal bonus directly from Dana White for his win:

Big Boy: Has there been a fighter that you looked at, and you was like, 'Man, I hope he gets fucked up tonight'

Dana White: There's no doubt about it. [laughs] Absolutely.

Big Boy: Have you ever told somebody, 'If you knock him out, there's a bonus'

Dana White: I can tell ya this, Tito Ortiz is that guy and the only time in 13 years, of all the fights we've ever done, um, Lyoto Machida beat Tito Ortiz, I actually wrote him a personal check. The UFC paid him his show money, his win money and if he wins one of the bonuses, he gets bonused. I literally bonused him myself.

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General Tao site profile image  

2/12/14 11:39 AM by General Tao

Tito locking on the triangle was the first time I ever jumped out of my seat for a fight.Think that was the last we seen of a "healthy" Tito

ender852 site profile image  

2/12/14 11:30 AM by ender852

How is it really any different from the ufc endorsing a fighter and paying him to wear the ufc logo on his shorts and not the opponent. How would you feel if you were a fighter and the ufc sponsored your opponent and not you? Your employers want you to lose?To me the only difference is with the sponsorship the ufc is paying them before the fight instead of after it.

Madrugadao site profile image  

2/12/14 9:39 AM by Madrugadao

Was surprised at Hume, though can see how Dana could get you there lol.Is it just me or does Dana have a special, goofy grin that only comes out when he is around black people?

Mdson site profile image  

2/12/14 8:17 AM by Mdson

I think the coolest part of that interview was Dana saying Hume and Baroni threatened to beat his ass in contract negotiations.

Affliction Blackbelt site profile image  

2/12/14 8:12 AM by Affliction Blackbelt

Imagine the bonus Lee Murray would have got if Dana was there the night Tito wore his dress shoes. He probably wouldn't of had to do that bank heist.

Scrap7 site profile image  

2/12/14 8:06 AM by Scrap7


If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much site profile image  

2/12/14 7:59 AM by If it ain't Dutch, it ain't much

Every promoter has favorite fighters, if you don't think Showtime wants Floyd to keep winning or Arum wanted at one point Manny to win every fight, you are crazy.

PeaceThroughStrength site profile image  

2/12/14 3:21 AM by PeaceThroughStrength

Whinny cunts!

kalt site profile image  

2/12/14 1:47 AM by kalt

kinda passive aggressive. still glad machida got some extra.

Macedawgg site profile image  

2/12/14 1:29 AM by Macedawgg

^^^ It is.  The promoter after all--is promoting both.