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UFC 226 performance bonuses and highlights

Watch as Daniel Cormier, Anthony Pettis, Khalil Rountree, and Paulo Costa each win a $50,000 performance bonus.
Daniel Cormier

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 $#!@."

At UFC 226, management decided to give four $50,000 performance bonuses, rather than give two bonuses and a FOTN.

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. However, this event, three of the four bonuses went to main card fighters.

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Daniel Cormier defeated Stipe Miocic by Knockout (Punches, Round 1, 4:33)

$50,000 Performance of the Night
Anthony Pettis defeated Michael Chiesa by Submission (Triangle Choke, Round 2, 0:52)

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Khalil Rountree defeated Gokhan Saki by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 1:36)

$50,000 Performance of the Night
Paulo Costa defeated Uriah Hall by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 2:38)

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.

The next league event is UFC Fight Night 133: dos Santos vs. Ivanov on July 14, 2018, at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.