UFC on FOX 29 performance bonuses and highlights

Sunday, April 15, 2018

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. “Performance Bonus” means the fight made you say “HOLY F’N SH*T”

One of the primary differences between the UFC model and the boxing model is the depth of the card. Sometimes the greatest fight isn’t the main event. However, at UFC of FOX 29 the main event was the easiest fight of the night award in history. And the co-main won another. The final performance bonus did go to the Fight Pass Prelims.

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Dustin Poirier defeated Justin Gaethje by TKO (Strikes, Round 4, 0:33)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Alex Oliveira defeated Carlos Condit by Submission (Guillotine choke, Round 2, 3:17)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Adam Wieczorek  defeated Arjan Bhullar by Submission (Omaplata, Round 2, 1:59)

In addition, to the bonuses and purses, there is:
•Reebok pay, based on tenure, for wearing the distinctive apparel during fight week and in the Octagon;
•Sometimes fighters get discretionary “locker room” bonuses of varying amounts; despite their name, locker room bonuses actually come in the mail now;
•In some cases there is an LOA [Letter of Agreement] on the contract for additional income; and,
•The most elite fighters get points on the pay per view, although that has no relevance to FOX event.

The next league event is UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee on April 21, 2018, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.