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UFC: Even Steven, equal opportunity bonus-bearing mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Est. March 2013.
"The fight [bonuses] are $50,000 now so I don't have to say it anymore. Bonuses are 50 grand, yeah. Nobody ever complained about that because bonuses are a gift. It's like getting Christmas present and saying, 'I didn't want this, I wanted a fucking car.' You know what I mean? It was fair to keep them straight all the way across so no matter what card you fight on, it's the same bonus. I get crazy sometimes and I can get as crazy as I want to get, but it's fair to keep them all $50,000. If you're on a FUEL TV card, a pay-per-view (PPV) card, a fight night card its all the same."
-- Adios, ridiculous and uneven Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) post-fight bonuses because the world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion has standardized its plush payouts. UFC President Dana White revealed earlier today (March 14, 2013) during his post UFC 158 press conference (watch the replay here) media scrum (watch that replay here) that his fighters can expect $50,000 for going above and beyond the call of duty -- nothing more, nothing less. That's right, "Fight of the Night," "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" bonus winners will have equal pay, regardless of the events profile, whether its a blockbuster PPV or a ho-hum The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale on FX ... and everything between. White, who on a whim teased his UFC 129 fighters in May 2011 with $129,000 fight-night bonuses (see the winners here), didn't rule out the possibility that he could -- or would -- up the ante in the future. It's just that for now, including the guys on the UFC 158 fight card, the bonus prices, which is in addition to individual salaries, have been fixed. For more on UFC fight night bonuses and payout be sure to check out our complete archive right here.