UFC on ESPN+ 2 performance bonuses and highlights

Sunday, February 03, 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. 

"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. However, UFC on ESPN+ 2 was an exception with the main card earning every one of the bonuses. Further, there was no fighting of the night; instead, four performance bonuses were awarded.

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Marlon Moraes defeated Raphael Assuncao by Submission (Guillotine Choke, Round 1)


$50,000 Performance of the Night
Jose Aldo defeated Renato Moicano by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 0:44)

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Charles Oliveira defeated David Teymur by Submission (Anaconda Choke, Round 2, 0:55)


$50,000 Performance of the Night
Johnny Walker defeated Justin Ledet by TKO (Strikes, Round 1, 0:15)


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 234: Whittaker vs. Gastelum on February 10, 2019 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

ESPN+ (Free 7-Day Trial) is available through iTunes, Google Play, and a web browser.