UFC 21 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Return of the Champions’

Event: UFC 21: Return of the Champions
Date: Fri., Jul. 16, 1999
Venue: Five Seasons Events Center
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: Pending
Gate: Undisclosed
Buy Rate: N/A

UFC 21 is officially in the books. ‘Return of the Champions’-led card took place at the Five Seasons Events Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 24 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some great fights and a few of nice finishes, punctuated by Maurice Smith’s TKO (Corner Stoppage) victory over Marco Ruas. In the co-main event, Pat Miletich defeated Andre Pederneiras in round 2 by TKO (Doctor Stoppage).

You can view UFC 21 results and full fight card.

UFC 21 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 best individual performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the official UFC 21 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 21: Return of the Champions, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the Five Seasons Events Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: Zuffa purchased the UFC in 2001 from Semaphore Entertainment Group for $2 million.

UFC 21 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 21:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 21 event is PENDING.

UFC 21 attendance and gate

There were Pending fans inside the Five Seasons Events Center for UFC 21 on July 16. The reported gate for the event is: Undisclosed. The buyrate and viewership data is: N/A.

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