Saturday, February 24, 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 on FOX 28 however, two bonuses went to the main card, but the fight of the night opened the late prelims.

Fight of the Night of the Night: $50,000 bonuses
Alan Jouban defeated Ben Saunders by Knockout (Punch, Round 2, 2:38)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
•Ilir Latifi 
defeated Ovince Saint Preux by Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke, Round 1, 3:48)

Performance of the Night: $50,000 bonus
Jeremy Stephens defeated Josh Emmett by Knockout (Strikes, Round 2, 1:35)

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 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya on March 3, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.