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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