Before you get too outraged over Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White's recent comments about potentially axing fight night bonuses, know that no final decisions on the subject have been made.
White made noise earlier this week when he stated at a media luncheon in Las Vegas, Nevada, that the organization is considering dropping the popular "Fight of the Night," "Submission of the Night," and "Knockout of the Night" bonuses in favor of creating more evenly distributed pay for lower-level fighters.
This news was not received well by mixed martial arts (MMA) fans or fighters as several athletes have created a tremendous living off these bonuses, which in the past have ranged anywhere from $40,000-$129,000 dollars depending on the event.
While the details and exactly how the UFC would plan on redistributing the money is unknown at this time, White says people should not get too worked up about it because he plans on sitting down with his business partners and "a lot" of fighters before making any kind of rash decisions.
"I said, 'This is what we're thinking about doing,'" White stated at Thursday's (July 4, 2013) UFC 162 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas (watch it here). "I love giving the 'Fight of the Night' bonuses. They're awesome, and they change people's lives. Before a decision like that is made, we're going to talk to the fighters too. This isn't something Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I are just going to say, 'Yeah, this is what we're going to do.'
"We're going to talk to a lot of fighters about it before we make those decisions."
White's reconsideration when it comes to fight night bonuses comes on the heels of several complaints from current or former UFC fighters about the organization's pay structure and how it is difficult for lower-level fighters to get properly prepared for a bout without taking on a second job to support themselves.
Jacob Volkmann (read here), John Cholish (read here), Jon Fitch (read here) and most recently Tim Kennedy (read here) have all expressed displeasure with the UFC's pay scale, and it appears that White thinks the solution is taking away additional incentives for those who excel inside the Octagon.