Thursday, February 20, 2014

Water Cooler Talk: UFC's New Bonus Structure

Last week the UFC announced they are changing up their bonus system for fights.  The old system rewarded $50k for Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night.  They have decided to remove knockout and submission and award the two $50k bonuses to performances of the night.  This decision came after UFC 169 had all but two of the fights go to decision.  This allows the UFC to have more of the decision in who deserves to get the bonuses.  

I believe this is a good idea for the UFC.  They can now control and give bonuses to the more popular fighters who might not have knocked out their opponent or submitted them but had a great fight.  Fans will enjoy seeing their favorite fighters rewarded for a great performance.  It also helps the UFC in case there is another situation like UFC 169.  There was not a single submission victory so Fight of the Night ended up getting extra money.  

Even though this is a good idea for the UFC, a lot of fighters especially undercard fighters are going to end up missing out on bonuses.  Submission specialist that submit their opponent with some crazy move might lose out on a guaranteed bonus before to a larger name fighter who had a good performance against not as tough of an opponent.  This goes the same for a guy who is known for his striking.  His amazing KO use to win him $50k but now it is not a definite.  The undercard fighters will have the same problem because fans will want to see the one of the performance bonuses go to a fighter they watched.  Finally some of the younger fighters will be less likely to take risks because there is no longer an incentive to try to submit or KO a guy.  Why would they put themselves in these possible bad positions if they cannot win the bonus?

In the end it is all up to the UFC.  They control these bonuses and can give them to these fighters that still deserve the bonus.  The main event fighters are already making a lot of money from their fight win or lose.  The undercards are barely making anything and should be rewarded for what they do.  With UFC 170 coming up this weekend, we will see if there is any controversial Performance of the Night decisions. 


Greg Monforte is a Drexel University Sport Management pre-junior from South Jersey.  Currently he works at Not Just Pizza in Sicklerville, NJ and Daddis Fight Camps in Philadelphia where he has social media and marketing responsibilities.  Greg is also the SMTSU Director of Marketing & Outreach.  Follow Greg on Twitter @Greg_Monforte.
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