Today, the UFC announced a brand new bonus structure that will be effective immediately. In the press release, the UFC stated that they will do away with both the ‘Knockout of the night’, and the ‘Submission of the night’ bonuses in favor of two ‘Performance of the night’ bonuses.
Here was the press release from earlier:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today a modification to its live event bonuses. Effective immediately, UFC will award “Fight of the Night Bonuses” to each of the fighters in the best fight of the night, as well as additional “Performance of the Night Bonuses” to the two best individual performances on the card. The bonus amounts will remain $50,000. The “Performance of Night” bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.
This really came up out of the blue, as Dana White has not mentioned any change to the bonus structure in recent media scrums, post-fight press conferences, or interviews. Speaking out of pure speculation, the change may come as a result to the UFC 169 card ending in the most decisions in UFC history.
The new bonuses are no longer determined by whether or not the fight was finished by a knockout or submission, but rather by the two best individual performances on the card.
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