UFC on ESPN+ 4 performance bonuses and highlights

Sunday, March 10, 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 $#!@."

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. At UFC on ESPN+ 4 the bonuses were an exception, with all four going to the main card.

$50,000 Performance of the Night:
Niko Price defeated Tim Means by KO (Strikes, Round 1, 4:50)

$50,000 Performance of the Night
Beneil Dariush defeated Drew Dober by Submission (Armbar, Round 2, 4:41)

$50,000 Fight of the Night:
Junior Dos Santos defeated Derrick Lewis by TKO (Strikes, Round 2, 1:58)

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+ 5, also known as UFC Fight Night 147, UFC Fight Night: Till vs. Masvidal, and UFC London; it will be held on March 16, at The O2 Arena in London, England.