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UFC on ESPN+ 35, also known as UFC Vegas 10, UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Hill, and UFC Fight Night 177, was held on Saturday, September 12 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+ 35, the Fight of the Night was the main event, and co-main won another bonus.

The winners are listed in bold below.

$50,000 Fight of the Night

Michelle Waterson defeated Angela Hill by Split Decision (48-47, 46-49, 48-47)

$50,000 Performance Bonus

Ottman Azaitar defeated Khama Worthy by TKO (Punches, Round 1, 1:33)

$50,000 Performance Bonus

Kevin Croom defeated Roosevelt Roberts by Submission (Guillotine Choke, Round 1, 0:31)

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+ 36, also known as UFC Vegas 11, UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley, and UFC Fight Night 178, on Saturday, September 19, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.