The UFC have decided to scrap the Knockout of the Night and Submission of the Night bonuses in favour of two Performance of the Night bonuses. The bonus amounts will stay the same, but this gives the opportunity for a fighter who falls short to be given a bonus nonetheless.
This was not something the UFC have hinted at changing in the past, though the UFC 169 card may have influenced the choice, with ten of the twelve bouts going the distance. The other two fights were ended via strikes, meaning the submission bonus wasn’t awarded. This has happened in the past, but White never hinted at a change in policy as he often encourages fighters to finish their fights, with the bonuses awarded for the fighters who are able to get the best finishes.
In spite of this, the reform is arguably a step in the right direction for the promotion. This hints at the UFC officials becoming more accepting of the fact not every decision is boring, and you can leave it in the hands of the judges, so to speak. However this does beg the question – if a fighter is involved in the ‘Fight of the Night’, surely they are therefore putting on the ‘Performance of the Night’ as they are entertaining the fans and being involved in a fun fight? Perhaps more details will outline the distinction between the two.
The new scheme has been met with a lot of positivity from fans and media members alike, and this may encourage fighters to leave it all inside the Octagon as Dana White often proverbially asks. The full press statement is below, and can also be found via this link.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced today a modification to its live event bonuses. Effective immediately, UFC will award “Fight of the Night Bonuses” to each of the fighters in the best fight of the night, as well as additional “Performance of the Night Bonuses” to the two best individual performances on the card. The bonus amounts will remain $50,000. The “Performance of Night” bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.