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UFC Unveils New ‘Fight Night’ Bonus Structure

Written by Tom Ngo
February 11th, 2014
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UFC president Dana White

Are you sick and tired of watching boring mixed martial arts fights? So are UFC brass. On Tuesday, the planet’s premier MMA promotion announced a significant tweak to their “Fight Night” bonus structure.

Effective immediately, the UFC will award “Performance of the Night” bonuses to the two best individual performances on the card, as well as the customary “Fight of the Night” bonuses to each of the fighters in the most thrilling scrap on the event.

The bonuses will remain at $50,000 each.

The “Performance of Night” paycheck will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual showings.

For years, the UFC has handed out “Fight of the Night,” “Knockout of the Night” and “Submission of the Night” to fighters on each card ranging from $40,000 to as high as $100,000 for UFC 100.

Today’s announcement comes on the heels of UFC 169, which produced 10 uneventful decisions out of the lineup’s 12 bouts. UFC president Dana White (pictured) considered the pay-per-view broadcast a “catastrophe.”

In addition, the UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta teamed up with United States Senators John McCain and Harry Reid last week in Washington to announce an initiative which will focus on detecting early signs of brain injury and identifying which athletes may be predisposed to neurological disorders. Thus, awarding fighters for posting vicious knockouts might be contradictory to that motion.

The UFC’s new bonus structure makes its debut this Saturday in Brazil.

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