UFC officials announced a change in the way fight night bonuses are labeled. Is this a move to be more politically correct? Gone are the standard “submission and knockout of the night” tags. In a press release we learned that there would still be a “fight of the night” bonus for the winner and loser of the most spectacular fight at a given event. Replacing the finishing bonuses will be “performance of the night”. Here is how it has been explained.

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 the Night bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.


This can be viewed as a good thing or a bad thing. There has always been that incentive, in form of a bonus, to finish a fight. Highlight reel knockouts and submissions have been a way for fighters to maximize their earning potential but that may not be the case moving forward.  A performance award that goes to the most exciting individual doesn’t necessarily mean they even have to win. That being said there were several events with no submissions and many that just had one to choose from.

Does the wording change anything? Probably not.  If these guys and gals go out and perform as well as be exciting they deserve the extra $50,000.  The new system is set to be implemented this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 36.


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