UFC Fight Night 124 performance bonuses and highlights

Monday, January 15, 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 Fight Night 124 however, the greatest fight was the main event, and one of two other bonuses went to the main card.

Fight of the Night of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Jeremy Stephens defeated Dooho Choi by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 2:36)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Marco Polo Reyes defeated Matt Frevola by Knockout (Punch, Round 1, 1:00)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Darren Elkins defeated Michael Johnson by Submission (RNC, Round 2, 2:22)

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 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou on January 20, 2018 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.