One of the most anticipated bits of fallout from any UFC event is typically who won the $50,000 Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night fighter bonuses.
That likely won’t change, but the structure of the bonus system has been altered.
UFC officials on Tuesday announced a bit of tweak to the traditional post-fight awards.
There will still be Fight of the Night honors in which both winner and loser will be rewarded with a $50,000 bonus, but the Knockout and Submission of the Night honors have been mothballed.
The UFC instead will off two Performance of the Night honors, regardless of whether the award winners scored a knockout or a submission. The two awards, as the name suggests, will go to fighters that UFC officials deem had the best performances, no matter the outcome of their respective fights.
“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,” read a statement issued by UFC officials on Tuesday. “The bonus amounts will remain $50,000. The Performance of the Night bonuses will reward the athletes who put on the best and most exciting individual performances.”
The new structure goes into effect with Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 36: Machida vs. Mousasi event in Brazil.