UFC post-fight bonuses set at $50K
March 14, 2013
MMA Junkie reports that the UFC has capped all official fight bonuses to $50,000. The bonuses for Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night and KO of the Night had fluctuated in the past but has remained at $50,000 the past five events.
It appears that the UFC policy officially began this year as December’ 2012’s UFC 155 bonuses were at $65,000 each. Notably, as pointed out by MMA Junkie, the biggest official post-fight bonuses were $129,000 each for UFC 129 (obvious reasons) and $160,000 each for Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann for an exemplary fight at UFC on Versus 3.
Its not clear whether to standardize the fight night bonuses to $50,000 is a sign that the UFC will give more discretionary (unreported) bonuses, boost fight purses or just a way to curb payroll. One would think that the UFC would keep the fight bonuses a fluctuating award as an incentive for its fighters (i.e., if you get KO of the night you could get $50K or $150K). Will the announcement that the UFC bonus is set at $50,000 hurt or help fights? Is the incentive still there for a fighter to finish a fight in the third round or play it safe and win (and avoid getting knocked out).