Coker: Bellator discussing fight night bonuses

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                    <p>After every UFC event, the UFC gives $50,000 to four fighters for performance bonuses, a perk that only fighting in the UFC gets you at the moment. However rival promotion Bellator MMA has been having internal discussion about implementing a similar award system on their events:</p>

Although Bellator President Scott Coker didn’t rule out the possibility of awarding fighters additional cash for their performances, telling MMAjunkie Radio there are “internal discussions on the matter,” there is “nothing to announce.”

“Maybe I’ll have something to announce in the near future,” Coker said in a traditional refrain for the longtime promoter.

Freire, who won the belt this past September in a rematch with Pat Curran, previously told MMAjunkie that Bellator has an opportunity to distinguish itself as a fight promoter by rewarding its current talent.

“If Bellator can pay fighters the same as the UFC does, give them the opportunity to win fight-night bonuses and the freedom to choose who their sponsors are, it’s easy to see they can change the sport as we know it,” he said.

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Should be discussing yellow cards. Phone Post 3.0

I'm sure they'll try to work their way up to 50k. The UFC will want to outdo this, to keep their tier 1 status.

Competition is good for the fighters.

Yellow cards would be awesome. ACTION!

The big advantage with bellator here is the fighters being able to use whatever sponsors they want. That's huge.

Right now in the ufc that has to be a huge sticking point for lower tiered fighters. Phone Post 3.0

for an organization with cash to buy anyone outright from Jon Jones to GSP, and lock em up for , well, their careers, you wonder what they are waiting for with so much available to them out their, including UFC fighters. Taking it a little slow. Watching the landscape unfold. It does look like the UFC could somehow implode though. One good death at the hands of a steroid fighter could send both into a spiral. Cmon, do something !

Nothing to see here until they institute huge secret locker room bonuses. Phone Post 3.0

Fabefromfort - for an organization with cash to buy anyone outright from Jon Jones to GSP, and lock em up for , well, their careers, you wonder what they are waiting for with so much available to them out their, including UFC fighters. Taking it a little slow. Watching the landscape unfold. It does look like the UFC could somehow implode though. One good death at the hands of a steroid fighter could send both into a spiral. Cmon, do something !
Bellator would lose money if they did that. Viacom shareholders would be pissed Phone Post 3.0

More window dressing from bellator. Phone Post 3.0

If you spend it

they will come

I don't really know what is going on with bellator at the moment but pitbull made some fine points in his argument. stating that if you pay a little more, give bonuses and offer freedom of sponsors, fighters will come.

thinking about it, I feel like that is what bellator and coker are waiting for, they are waiting for the reebok deal to take full effect and for wsof to fold for them to start buying up fighters left and right... i wouldn't find it hard to imagine there are a lot of fighters in the ufc who rely ALOT on sponsor money, and if given a solid deal as well as the ability to keep their sponsors. will jump over to one or bellator.

Well have to wait and see.

If Bellator offered fight not bonuses comparable to the UFc, he'll even half as much but the freedom of sponsors, guys will switch, without question Phone Post 3.0

Brigham - If Bellator offered fight not bonuses comparable to the UFc, he'll even half as much but the freedom of sponsors, guys will switch, without question Phone Post 3.0
*night Phone Post 3.0

Shh. Bellator is talking about making plans to talk about possibly handing out possible bonuses in the future. Phone Post 3.0

Glovegate - I'm sure they'll try to work their way up to 50k. The UFC will want to outdo this, to keep their tier 1 status.

Competition is good for the fighters.
Imagine if bellator implements this system and then the ufc doubles their bonuses to $100K? That would be pretty badass. It will really push some guys to really go after the kill because it will be soooo worth it financially. I mean, 50K is nothing to sneeze at but i would definitely 100% club a baby seal if $100K was on the line. Phone Post 3.0