$500,000 in BONUSES! Dana White hands out hefty bonus to fighters after INCREDIBLE UFC Austin card

Dana White awards the Performance of the Night bonus to eight fighters, raising the total bonus payout to half a million dollars.


$500,000 in BONUSES! Dana White hands out hefty bonus to fighters after INCREDIBLE UFC Austin card

Dana White gives POTN bonus to 8 fighters, bringing the bonus prize close to half a million (via Imago/ BJ Penn/MMA Fighting)

Dana White, the CEO of the UFC, offered a stunning $500,000 in post-fight bonuses to eligible fighters. This is a gesture that reflected the explosive performances seen at UFC Austin. The Moody Centre in Austin, Texas, served as the venue for a night with unforgettable matches, knockouts, and submissions. This made the company reward the UFC Austin fighters with a well-earned Performance of the Night bonus.

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Arman Tsarukyan’s spectacular 64-second knockout of Beneil Dariush in the main event represented a great moment in his career. This earned him the Performance of the Night (POTN) bonus from Dana White. Jalin Turner’s stunning first-round knockout of Bobby Green on short notice in the co-main event earned him a well-deserved POTN bonus, emphasizing his significant contribution to the lightweight division.

Sean Brady’s bone-crushing kimura finish of Kelvin Gastelum won him a POTN bonus. Miesha Tate made a comeback with a classic submission victory against Julia Avila. Cody Brundage and Drakkar Klose delivered amazing finishes that left an everlasting impression on the Austin card. Tate, Brundage, and Klose all received the POTN bonuses.

Dana White gave the Fight of the Night bonus to Rodolfo Bellato vs. Ihor Potieria in the light heavyweight division. Their fierce battle, which culminated in a devastating and bloody TKO, exemplified the heart and drive that constituted a Fight of the Night.

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UFC Austin gets more than triple the average amount of Performance of the Night bonuses

Dana White’s decision to give several performance bonuses following UFC Austin is new. It has caused debate in the MMA world. While bonuses are a common way to recognize great achievement, the quantity of the prizes paid following the Austin event is notable.

Dana White awards the Performance of the Night bonus to eight fighters, more than tripling the usual amount UFC Austin
Dana White awards the Performance of the Night bonus to eight fighters, more than triple the usual amount (via UFC.com)

Traditionally, the UFC awards four bonuses: two for the best individual performances (Performance of the Night) and one for the best fight (Fight of the Night). However, in the aftermath of UFC Austin, we saw an extraordinary award of eight performance bonuses, more than triple the usual amount.

This amount of bonuses is a welcome addition for fighters who put their all on the line. Furthermore, the performances on the Austin card were nothing short of spectacular. Choosing which fight gets the POTN bonus was close to impossible. With eight fighters getting the Performance of the Night bonus, fight fans and athletes have welcomed this gesture by the UFC CEO, Dana White.

While the amount of bonuses is unusual, it surely adds excitement to the aftermath of UFC Austin. As the MMA community absorbs this unexpected turn of events, the larger effects and potential changes to future bonus distributions remain hotly debated, with many welcoming this new change.

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