Performance Bonuses and Highlights: UFC 243

UFC 243 was held on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. It drew a record-breaking announced crowd of 57,127.

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights, sometimes, as happened here, no fight of the night is awarded; rather, four performance bonuses were given. “Performance Bonus” means the fight made you say “HOLY F@$%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, or close to it. At UFC 243 the performance bonuses were split evenly between the main card and the undercard.

$50,000 Fight of the Night
Brad Riddell defeated Jamie Mullarkey by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26)

$50,000 Performance Bonus:
Yorgan de Castro defeated Justin Tafa by KO (Punch, Round 1, 1:20)

$50,000 Performance Bonus:
Israel Adesanya defeated Robert Whittaker by KO (Strikes, Round 2, 3:33)

In addition, to the bonuses and purses, there are:
•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 for PPV events, although this event was on ESPN+, not PPV.

The next league event is UFC on ESPN+ 19, also know as UFC Tampa, UFC Fight Night 161, and UFC Fight Night: Jedrzejczyk vs. Waterson on October 12, 2019 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida.