If, like me, you take note of the fight-night bonuses the UFC distributes after every battle card, you’ll know that for the previous two occasions, the promotion has awarded almost each fighter who earned themself a stoppage victory a “Efficiency of the Evening” bonus. The only real exception being Jiri Prochazka, who was a part of the “Battle of the Evening” at UFC 275. Now’s the time for the UFC to make this a everlasting a part of its post-event festivities.
There are just a few causes for this.
No extra “Holy sh-t!” issue
First, it removes the arbitrary nature of the post-fight bonus course of. Presently, there aren’t any guidelines or tips as to what constitutes a bonus-earning efficiency. From what I can see, it’s motivated principally — however not solely — by the “holy sh-t!” issue. Which is to say, did the efficiency make UFC president Dana White or whoever doles out the additional scratch, exclaim, “holy sh-t!”?
If the UFC says “each stoppage will get a bonus” any longer, each UFC fighter is aware of exactly what they have to do to realize that bonus. It’s easy. There aren’t any grey areas. Nobody can declare favoritism. Frankly, it makes issues simpler for the fighters — and the UFC.
It’s an excellent PR transfer
Earlier this month, Bloody Elbow revealed a narrative that confirmed the UFC’s revenue was over $1 billion within the final 12 months (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022). That story extrapolated that the fighter share of that income was 17.5 %. When in comparison with different main sports activities (NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL) that proportion falls far in need of the 50 % income break up (by way of collective bargaining agreements) these sports activities have between possession and athletes.
White likes to hold forth about how nice the UFC is doing relating to bringing in money. Nonetheless, he’s not so fast to boast about how little the athletes — who’re accountable for almost all that income — obtain as unbiased contractors.
Adopting the all finishes earn $50,000 construction would enable the UFC to say they’re sharing extra of the income whereas additionally placing the power to earn that more money into the palms of the fighters.
White likes to say, “Don’t let it within the palms of the judges” relating to wins and losses. Making each end value $50,000 would enable him to crow about fighters being able to earn more money by going for a end in each battle.
I can nearly assure that if the UFC implements the change, White will bluster about how a lot “X” fighter earned in bonuses in a given yr at any time when somebody asks him about low fighter pay.
It’s comparatively low-cost
There have been 243 finishes within the UFC in 2021. Underneath the “all finishes earn a $50,000 bonus” program, that may equate to $12.15 million. Should you assume that each present Efficiency of the Evening bonus is a end, the UFC already budgets $4.35 million for these bonuses beneath a schedule of 43 battle playing cards per yr. In brief, the promotion would add lower than $8 million to its finances with the “stoppage” bonus change. Assuming $1 billion in income, that may be lower than one % of the promotion’s yearly income.
With that, White’s previous issues of f—king up the budget ought to be shrugged off and ignored.
$50,000 isn’t $50,000 any extra
The UFC made the post-fight bonus awards all value $50,000 in 2013. Earlier than that, the quantity typically fluctuated up or down. That was almost 10 years in the past. In keeping with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $50,000 in March 2013 is the same as $39,818.03 in Could 2022. With that, it sort of is sensible that the UFC enable extra fighters to share within the post-event spoils.
Make it part of the tenth annual “Worldwide Battle Week”
The UFC is scheduled to carry its tenth annual “Worldwide Battle Week” this yr from June 27 by means of July 3. I can’t consider a greater strategy to kick off the festivities than the UFC asserting that every end in a UFC contest, beginning with UFC 276, will earn $50,000.