UFC 218 performance bonuses and highlights

Sunday, December 03, 2017

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. “Performance Bonus” means the fight made you say “HOLY F@#$ING $#!@.”

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 world championship main event.

And sometimes the night is so amazing, like Saturday, that instead two fight of the nights were given out.

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Eddie Alvarez defeated Justin Gaethje by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 3:59)

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Yancy Medeiros
defeated Alex Oliveira by TKO (Strikes, Round 3, 2:02)

This fight was one for the ages, and afterward, when both were transported to the hospital, it was nothing but love.

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 this Fight Pass event.

The next league event is UFC Fight Night 123: Swanson vs. Ortega on December 9, 2017 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, California.