Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been awarding performance bonuses to fighters for years, but at UFC 273 on Saturday night (April 9, 2022) Crypto.com added its own spin on the practice called the “Fan Bonus of the Night.” Every pay-per-view (PPV) moving forward will feature three bonuses paid to fighters in Bitcoin, based on votes from fans.
The fighter with the most fan votes receives $30,000 worth of Bitcoin, with second place getting $20,000 and third place $10,000. All these figures are in United States dollars, with fighters getting the equivalent in cryptocurrency based on the exchange rate at the time.
We now have our first three fighters to get a Crypto.com payout, and they are: Khamzat Chimaev, Alexander Volkanovski and Petr Yan.
While it’s somewhat disappointing that no “Prelims” undercard fighter ended up cracking into the top three, any extra money making its way to the athletes is good news.
Also on the cryptocurrency tip is the crypto coin named after Joe Rogan’s dog, Marshall Inu. While we certainly don’t know enough about this particular coin to encourage people to buy in, Marshall Inu have been splashing UFC fighters across all levels of the roster with cash, and are apparently also paying out $70,000 to the top three fighters voted by their community. First place gets $40,000, second place gets $20,-00, and third place gets $10,00.
The three fighters to receive Marshall Inu for UFC 273 are: Gilbert Burns, Mark Madsen and Khamzat Chimaev:
#UFC273 Performance of the night winners announced!! We had 12,347 votes which is amazing. Congratulations to the warriors, you’ll be contacted by our team now for payments.— Marshall Inu (@marshallinu_) April 12, 2022
1) $40,000 - @GilbertDurinho
2) $20,000 - @MarkTheOlympian
2) $10,000 - @KChimaev #FightingForFighters pic.twitter.com/34OwFwR0AU
For complete UFC 273: “Volkanovski vs. Korean Zombie” results and play-by-play, click HERE.