UFC on ESPN+ 40 performance bonuses

UFC on ESPN+ 40, also known as UFC Vegas 13, UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Teixeira, and UFC Fight Night 182, will be held on November 7 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In addition to being paid a fixed amount to show and another, usually equal amount to win, each UFC event also awards four $50,000 Performance Bonuses. Usually, there is a Fight of the Night in which both fighters are given a performance bonus, and a performance bonus to the winner in two fights. For the record, "Performance Bonus" is the fight made you go "HOLY F@$%ING $#!@."  The winners are shown below, in bold.

$50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus

Raoni Barcelos defeated Khalid Taha by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)  

$50,000 Performance Bonus 

Alexandr Romanov defeated Marcos Rogerio de Lima by Technical Submission (forearm choke, Round 1, 4:48)

$50,000 Performance Bonus

Giga Chikadze defeated Jamey Simmons by TKO (head kick and punches, Round 1, 3:51)



One of the primary differences between the UFC model and the boxing model is the depth of the card. Sometimes in MMA the greatest fight isn't the main event, or close to it. At UFC on ESPN+ 40, although the main and co-main came up short, three of four bonuses went to the main card.

In addition, to the bonuses and purses, fighters earn:

•Reebok pay, based on tenure, for wearing the distinctive apparel during fight week and in the Octagon;

•Less commonly than in the past fighters get discretionary “locker room” bonuses of varying amounts, which, despite their name, actually come in the mail now;

•In some cases there is an LOA [Letter of Agreement] on the contract for additional income; and,

•The most elite fighters get points on the pay per view for PPV events, which this one was not.

The next league event is UFC on ESPN+ 41, also known as UFC Vegas 14 UFC Fight Night: Makhachev vs. dos Anjos, and UFC Fight Night 183, on November 14, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Grover should have gotten a bonus.  Giga was -900 favorite.

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Grover should have gotten a bonus.  Giga was -900 favorite.

Agreed. Glover submitted the #1 contender in the world at 41 years old after a war. That should of 100% been a POTN over Romanov or Giga. Romanov was a 5-1 fav himself. Both Romanov and Giga given showcase fights, did what they were supposed to. Glover however, once again shocked the world.

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I don’t think I agree with Romanov getting the bonus here, heavy favorite and he was getting lit up. He did finish as expected but aside from the finish his performance wasn’t all that impressive, and if you’re giving it based on the fact that he came back from adversity, well then Glover did the same in much more impressive fashion.