UFC Fight Night 117 performance bonuses and highlights

Saturday, September 23, 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 best fights are all the way down on the UFC Fight Pass prelims. However, UFC Fight Night 117 was an exception with all performance bonuses coming from the main card.

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses

Jessica Andrade defeated Claudia Gadelha by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Ovince Saint Preux defeated Yushin Okami by Technical Submission (Von Flue Choke, Round 1, 1:50)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Gokhan Saki defeated Henrique da Silva by KO (Punch, Round 1, 4:45)

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 216: Ferguson vs. Lee on October 7, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.