UFC 255 performance bonuses

UFC 255 was held on Saturdaym November 21, 2020, at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. For the record, “Performance Bonus” is the fight made you go “HOLY F@$%ING $#!@.”  The winners are shown below, in bold.

$50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus
Sasha Palatnikov
defeated Louis Cosce by TKO (Punches, Round 3, 2:27)

$50,000 Performance Bonus 
Joaquin Buckley
defeated Jordan Wright by KO (Punches, Round 2, 0:18)

$50,000 Performance Bonus
​Antonina Shevchenko
defeated Ariane Lipski by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 4:33)

One of the primary differences between the UFC model and the boxing model is the depth of the card. Sometimes in MMA the greatest fight isn’t the main event, or close to it. At UFC 255 the main and co-main got nothing, and the entire main card got nothing. Further, the very first fight of the entire card was the Fight of the Night.

In addition, to the bonuses and purses, fighters earn:
•Reebok pay, based on tenure, for wearing the distinctive apparel during fight week and in the Octagon;
•Less commonly than in the past fighters get discretionary “locker room” bonuses of varying amounts, which, despite their name, 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, which this one was not.

The next league event is UFC on ESPN+ 42, also known as UFC Vegas 15, UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, and UFC Fight Night 184, will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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