UFC 1 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘The Beginning’

Event: UFC 1: The Beginning
Date: Fri., Nov. 12, 1993
Venue: McNichols Sports Arena
Location: Denver, Colorado
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: 7,800
Gate: Undisclosed
Buy Rate: 86,000

UFC 1 is officially in the books. ‘The Beginning’-led card took place at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, 30 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some great fights and a few of nice finishes, punctuated by Royce Gracie’s Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) victory over Gerard Gordeau. In the co-main event, Jason DeLucia defeated Trent Jenkins in round 1 by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke).

You can view UFC 1 results and full fight card.

UFC 1 bonus awards

Traditionally, UFC has handed out bonuses for Fight of the Night, Submission of the Night, and Knockout of the Night. The bonuses ranged from $20,000 up to $120,000. In 2014, the promotion has announced the Performance of the Night bonuses will replace the existing Knockout and Submission of the Night awards. The bonuses will be $50,000 each. There are two types of awards:

  • Fight of the Night is awarded to both fighters in the best fight of the night.
  • Performance of the Night is awarded to fighters who put on the most thrilling individual performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the official UFC 1 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 1: The Beginning, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: The first knockout, submission, and fight of the night bonuses were awarded at UFC 70 in 2007.

UFC 1 fighter payouts

The salaries below are not official, but only an estimate. These payouts do not reflect the entire compensation for the event, as athletes may receive money from other undisclosed endorsements, Reebok sponsorship pay, and PPV points that some top-level fighters collect. Moreover, deductions for items such as insurance and licenses are not accounted for.

The list of fighter pay from UFC 1:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 1 event is PENDING.

UFC 1 attendance and gate

There were 7,800 fans inside the McNichols Sports Arena for UFC 1 on November 12. The reported gate for the event is: Undisclosed. The buyrate and viewership data is: 86,000.

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