Saturday, August 01, 2020

UFC on ESPN+ 31, also known as UFC Vegas 5, UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan, and UFC Fight Night 173, was held on August 1 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+ 31, in a highly unusual moment, every fight went to the short, four-fight main card.

The winners are listed in bold below.

$50,000 Fight of the Night

Bobby Green defeated Lando Vannata by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)   

$50,000 Performace Bonus

Jennifer Maia defeated Joanne Calderwood by Submission (Armbar, Round 1, 4:29)   

$50,000 Performace Bonus

Vicente Luque defeated Randy Brown by KO (Knee and punches, Round 2, 4:56)

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+ 32, also known as UFC Vegas 6, UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik, and  UFC Fight Night 174 on August 8 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV.