Performance bonuses and highlights: UFC on ESPN+ 14

Sunday, August 11, 2019

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 on ESPN+ 14 however, three of four bonuses went the the main card ... but one went to the very first fight on the card.

$50,000 Fight of the Night
•Vicente Luque defeated Mike Perry by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

$50,000 Performance Bonus:
•Volkan Oezdemir defeated Ilir Latifi by KO (Punches, Round 2, 4:35)

$50,000 Performance Bonus:
•Veronica Macedo defeated Polyana Viana by Submission (Armbar, Round 1, 1:09)

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 FC 241 on August 17, 2019 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.