Sunday, November 19, 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 121 won all the bonuses came from the FOX Sports prelims.

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Tai Tuivasa defeated Rashad Coulter via Knockout (Flying Knee, Round 1, 4:35)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus

Nik Lentz defeated Will Brooks by Submission (Guillotine Choke, Round 2)

Fight of the Night: $50,000 bonuses

Frank Camacho defeated Damien Brown by Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)

In bad news for Camacho, as a result of missing weight, he won’t receive his performance bonus.

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 121: Bisping vs. Gastelum on November 25, 2017 at Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China.