The UFC has a new fight-night bonus structure, doing away with both “Knockout” and “Submission of the Night.”
Instead, the promotion will award $50,000 each to the fighters involved in “Fight of the Night,” along with “Performance of the Night.”
“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 release stated. “The ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.”
These changes will go into effect immediately, as the promotion hosts UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Mousasi this Saturday night.
Fighters such as Joe Lauzon and Donald Cerrone have thrived in picking up bonus checks. Lauzon has won 12, tying him with Anderson Silva for the most in the UFC.
Cerrone has won eight in the UFC and five more when he was competing for the WEC. “Cowboy” was not happy with the decision.
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 12, 2014