Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced today (Thurs., April 7, 2022) that in addition to the regular “Performance of the Night” bonuses, UFC 273’s pay-per-view (PPV) event this weekend (Sat., April 9, 2022) will introduce the “Fan Bonus of the Night.”
However, after seeing today’s pre-fight press conference, former Featherweight and Lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, believes there should be a boost for the regular bonuses, too.
“Great to see all the young pups up there @ufc today!” McGregor tweeted. “We do face-offs always here. Correct this going forward. Awesome stuff! Is it a ‘big fights feel’ somewhat right now with this card? I think so! Let’s go fighters, bring it home! 60g’z Dana [White]! Up the bonus, let them go for it!”
UFC has raised bonus amounts in the past, UFC 262 being the most recent instance when the promotion gave out $75,000 rather than the usual $50,000. The new fan bonus will be payable in cryptocurrency thanks to the partnership with Crypto.com and will be separated across three fighters. Most votes receiving $30,000, second place with $20,000, and third with $10,000.
Aside from the big three fights closing out UFC 273, McGregor showed hype and support for the Strawweight contender bout featuring Mackenzie Dern and Tecia Torres.
“What a company! Congrats Ari [Emanuel] and Pat [Whitesell] on the latest packets, half a b. Tasty!” McGregor said. “Rooting for @ParadigmSports teammate @MackenzieDern here! The sheer confidence radiating here! Incredible! Really exciting fight this one! The Tiny Tornado vs. The Brazilian Bomb!”
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 273 fight card on fight night, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches at 6 p.m. ET, followed by the remaining undercard balance on ESPN/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.
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