UFC 159 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Jones vs. Sonnen’

Event: UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen
Date: Sat., Apr. 27, 2013
Venue: Prudential Center
Location: Newark, New Jersey
Total Fights: 11
Attendance: 15,227
Gate: $2,700,000
Buy Rate: 530,000

UFC 159 is officially in the books. ‘Jones vs. Sonnen’-led card took place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, 11 years ago. The eleven-fight-event featured some great fights and a bunch of nice finishes, punctuated by Jon Jones’s TKO (Elbows and Punches) victory over Chael Sonnen. In the co-main event, Michael Bisping defeated Alan Belcher in round 3 by Technical Decision (Unanimous).

You can view UFC 159 results and full fight card.

UFC 159 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 159 bonus winners below:

There were eleven fights at UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Roy Nelson and Bryan Caraway, who will be leaving the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with an extra $50,000. Pat Healy Vs. Jim Miller was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: Reebok sponsorship pay can range from $3,500 per fight to $40,000, depending on athletes' tenure. This deal ends in March 2021.

UFC 159 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 159:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 159 event is PENDING.

UFC 159 attendance and gate

There were 15,227 fans inside the Prudential Center for UFC 159 on April 27. The reported gate for the event is: $2,700,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 530,000.

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