UFC Vegas 19 performance bonuses

The 552nd UFC event, known as UFC Vegas 19, UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis, UFC Fight Night 185, and UFC on ESPN+ 43, was held on Saturday, February 20, 2021, 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 bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night for which both fighters are given a bonus, and a performance bonus is awarded to the winner in two other fights. This event, however, awarded four performance bonuses, with no Fight of the Night.

For the record, “Performance Bonus” is for the moment that made you go “HOLY F@$%ING $#!@.”  

The winners are shown below, in bold.

$50,000 Performance Bonus 
Derrick Lewis
defeated Curtis Blaydes by KO (Uppercut, Round 2, 1:26)

$50,000 Performance Bonus 
Chris Daukaus
defeated Aleksei Oleinik by TKO (Punches, Round 1, 1:55)

$50,000 Performance Bonus
Tom Aspinall
defeated Andrei Arlovski by Submission (RNC, Round 2, 1:09)

$50,000 Performance Bonus
Aiemann Zahabi
defeated Drako Rodriguez by KO (Punches, Round 1, 3:05)

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 Vegas 19, three of four bonuses went to the main card.

In addition, to the bonuses and purses, fighters earn:
•Reebok pay, ranging from $3,500 to $20,000 based on tenure, $30,000 for title challengers, and $40,000 for champions, for wearing the distinctive apparel during fight week and in the Octagon;
•Discretionary “locker room” bonuses of varying amounts averaging out to $5k per fighter per fight, 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.

The next league event is the 553rd event to date, known as UFC Vegas 20, UFC Fight Night: Rozenstruik vs. Gane, UFC Fight Night 186, and UFC on ESPN+ 44, will be held on February 27, 2021, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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