Saturday, October 21, 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. At UFC Fight Night 118, the Fight of the Night wasn’t even on the main card.

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses

Brian Kelleher defeated Damian Stasiak by TKO (Punches, Round 3, 3:39)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Jan Blachowicz defeated Devin Clark by Submission (RNC, Round 2, 3:02)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Darren Till defeated Donald Cerrone by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 4:20)

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 119: Brunson vs. Machida on October 28, 2017 at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil.