Sunday, February 11, 2018

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. “Performance Bonus” means the fight made you say “HOLY F@#$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 main event. At UFC 221 the fight of the night was on the main card, but both performance bonuses went to prelim fighters.

Fight of the Night of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Jake Matthews defeated Li Jingliang by Unanimous Decision (29-28,30-26, 30-26)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Jussier Formiga defeated Ben Nguyen by Technical Submission (RNC, Round 3, 1:43)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Israel Adesanya defeated Rob Wilkinson by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 3:37)

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 126: Cowboy vs. Medeiros on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, United States.[1]