Sunday, April 14, 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 $#!@."

The main and co-main were the best back to back fights in memory, and in a highly unusual twist, each won Fight of the Night, very rightly.

$50,000 (each) Fight of the Night:
Israel Adesanya defeated Kelvin Gastelum by Unanimous Decision (48-46, 48-47, 48-46)

$50,000 (each) Fight of the Night:
Dustin Poirier defeated Max Holloway by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

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 UFC on ESPN+ 7 on April 20 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia.