White: Performance bonuses may be scrapped to increase fighter base pay

Monday, July 01, 2013

UFC president Dana White says he and ZUFFA SEO Lorenzo Fertitta have discussed getting rid of bonuses to pay lower-level fighters a higher base salary.

Case Keefer from the Las Vegas Sun has the story.

UFC fighters may no longer have a chance to earn extra cash with Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses.

Frustrated with the recent outcry over minimal wages for non-marquee fighters, White said the UFC was considering getting rid of the bonus system in order to pay preliminary-card participants a bigger base salary.

“The bonuses were something we’ve been doing out of the kindnesses of our (expletive) hearts,” White said. “That’s not something that was ever done or structured. We started doing it and that was it. It was something we liked to do, thought it was a cool thing to do. Apparently people don’t like it. They want the lower-level guys to get paid more money.”

Asked to clarify if this was really a move the promotion could make in the not-so-distant future, White answered emphatically.

“(Expletive) yeah, it could happen,” White said. “That’s what I’m thinking about doing. All the (expletive) lower-level guys think they need their money boosted. Everyone thinks it’s not enough money, so that’s easy to do.”

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