After threatening to do away with "Fight Night" bonuses to spread out a bit more cash to the lower level fighters on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster in response to low pay complaints, company president Dana White has made a final decision:
After getting a feel for the proposed change, it seems the majority of his mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes weren't having it, compelling the Las Vegas fight boss to leave the bonuses intact.
"At the last press conference, I talked to the press I told them we're not doing away with the fight of the night bonuses. After I said that, I got a lot of feedback from the fighters. The fighters want the finish bonuses. They want the finish bonuses and they want the discretionary bonuses to stay the same, so, that's that."
Currently, the "Fight Night" bonuses are $50,000 across the board for "Submission of the Night," Fight of the Night," and "Knockout of the Night" winners.
However, it is feasible for a fighter to obtain more than one bonus at the end of the night, much like James Krause did after double dipping in bonus money in his Octagon debut, banking an extra $100,000 thanks to his submission win over Sam Stout in a back and forth "Fight of the Night" at UFC 161.
However, Krause only would have received a reported salary of $6,000 to show and $6,000 to win for a total of $12,000; therefore, the bonuses can -- and often become -- life-changing awards well worth chasing.
Go big or go home.