Dana White Surprises at UFC 300: Record Bonuses Announced!

"A groundbreaking moment in UFC history."

UFC’s Big Leap in Fighter Bonuses

The UFC universe was electrified as Dana White, the promotion’s president, announced a groundbreaking increase in bonus amounts for the upcoming UFC 300 event. Set to dazzle fans in Las Vegas, this super-card boasts not only three title fights but also features an assembly of twelve current or former UFC champions. The announcement came amid vocal demands from several fighters for an uplift in the bonus structure.

A Milestone Moment

Traditionally pegged at $50,000 (about 530,000 SEK), the bonus amount for exceptional performances has seen rare adjustments, notably at UFC 100 where it was doubled. This time around, in response to suggestions led by fighter Justin Gaethje for a substantial hike to $300,000 to mark UFC 300, White’s response was affirmative, marking a historic moment for the organization and its athletes.

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The Limit of Generosity

Featherweight contender Sodiq Yusuff attempted to persuade White to extend bonuses across all segments of the event: early prelims, prelims, and the main card. However, White set the boundary, confirming a total of $1.2 million in bonuses for the night, urging fighters to “fight like hell.”


Standard Bonus Distribution Retained

Despite the substantial increase, the distribution format remains familiar, with four bonuses planned for the evening: two Performance of the Night and one Fight of the Night awards, celebrating outstanding achievements within the octagon.

Dana White: “What should it be raised to?”

Fighters: “$300,000!”

Dana White: “$300,000? Okay, it’s settled!”

Dana White: “There’s $1.2 million in bonuses. Now, fight like hell.”

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