How Will Dana White Threatening To Cut UFC Fight Bonuses Impact MMA?

By Jeremy Green
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Tom Szczerbowsk-USA Today Sports

UFC has always been an exciting sport that pays their fighters well for entertainment. Over the last few years, Dana White and company have provided bonuses for different categories, such as Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Knockout of the Night.

Fighters who went out of their way to get an impressive finish or put on a thrilling fight were compensated greatly, but now it seems White may cut these bonuses all together. This reaction comes after fans started to complain about fighter pay, especially for the lower-level guys in the UFC.  

In an interview with MMA Junkie, White said the following:

“You don’t like the structure? All right, we’ll pay the lower-level guys more money – no more f—ing bonuses. You guys come in, you negotiate your contracts, and we do away with all bonuses. That’s what I’m thinking about doing.”

This looks like a good move for the lower-level guys as they will be able to make more money for their career.  More and more guys are getting into mixed martial artsand this money could be used for their training camps and to pay a few bills as well.

But will fighters still see any incentive on finishing the fights as quickly as possible? They won’t be able to earn more money for their impressive finishes, which might lead to more decisions over the long run. This could be, in fact, White trying to quiet the fan’s talk about fighter pay, which has been brought up a lot as of late.

So how would the UFC fare without bonuses?

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