Sunday, December 30, 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, or close to it. UFC 232 was an exception with three of four bonuses going to the main card.

$50,000 Fight of the Night
Alexander Volkanovski defeated Chad Mendes by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 4:14)

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Amanda Nunes defeated Cris Cyborg by Knockout (Punch, Round 1, 0:51)

$50,000 Performance of the Night
Ryan Hall defeated B.J. Penn by Submission (Heel Hook, Round 1, 2:46)

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 FC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw, also known as UFC on ESPN+ 1 or UFC Fight Night 143, also known as UFC Brooklyn on January 19, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.