Do UFC Fighters Still Make Money If They Lose? | Explained

Fighter pay is always a topic of discussion in Mixed Martial Arts.

In this page, we will explain whether or not UFC fighters still make money if they lose a fight, and how exactly fighters are paid.

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    Do UFC Fighters Make Money If They Lose?

    Yes UFC fighters will still make money even if they lose, however, it will be 50% less than if they win due to the 'Show', and 'Win' format that the UFC currently uses.

    However, they're also eligible to receive any other bonus that night for their performance, and from the fans (during Pay Per View events).

    What is the UFC's Pay Structure?

    UFC fighters receive a 'Show' bonus and a 'Win' bonus, and each of the two bonuses is typically the same amount.

    As long as the fighter shows up to the fight and makes the appropriate weight, the fighter will receive at minimum their show bonus.

    ufc fighter weighing in

    Additional Bonuses They Can Earn For Their Fight

    Fighters can receive $50,000 in UFC bonuses such as:

    • Performance of the Night
    • Fight of the Night

    Lastly, there's a newly introduced Fan Bonus of the Night bonus that only occurs during Pay Per View events.

    Fans can vote on three fighters who deserve a bonus for their performance.

    The UFC has partnered with to pay out a total of $60,000 in bonuses, payable in Bitcoin to three fighters for the night.

    • First place: $30,0000
    • Second place: $20,000
    • Third place: $10,000

    Total Payout

    ufc 278 bonuses

    Above you can see some of the fighter salaries from the UFC 278 card.

    Paulo Costa would earn his show bonus, and win bonus (for winning the fight), as well as a $50k Fight of the Night Bonus, totaling $130,000.

    Luke Rockhold would earn his show bonus, no win bonus, but would also receive the $50k Fight of the Night Bonus, totaling $200,000.

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