UFC on ESPN 15 performance bonuses

UFC on ESPN 15 was held on Saturday, August 22, 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 $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. At this event, there was no Fight of the Night, and instead, only Performance Bonuses were awarded, and perhaps in a nod the size of the 15-fight card, six bonuses were awarded. “Performance Bonus” means the fight made you go “HOLY F@$%ING $#!@.”

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. However, at UFC on ESPN 15, the main event won Fight of the Night, the main card won a third one, and the opening fight won the final bonus.



The winners are listed in bold below.

$50,000 Fight of the Night

Frankie Edgar defeated Pedro Munhoz by Split Decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47)

$50,000 Performance Bonus

Shana Dobson defeated Mariya Agapova by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 1:38)

$50,000 Performance Bonus

Trevin Jones defeated Timur Valiev by TKO (Punches, Round 2, 1:59)

It’s worth noting that the Performance Bonus winners overcame massive odds – Valiev was a -563 favorite, and Agapova was a nearly unprecedented -1629.

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;
•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.

The next league event is UFC on ESPN+ 33, also known as UFC Fight Night: Smith vs. Rakic, UFC Fight Night 175, and UFC Vegas 8, on August 29, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. Former light heavyweight championship challenger Anthony Smith vs. Aleksandar Rakic serves as a three-round main event.

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