UFC 43 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Meltdown’

Event: UFC 43: Meltdown
Date: Fri., Jun. 6, 2003
Venue: Thomas and Mack Center
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: 9,800
Gate: $645,140
Buy Rate: 49,000

UFC 43 is officially in the books. ‘Meltdown’-led card took place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 21 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some nice scraps and a few of nice finishes, punctuated by Randy Couture’s TKO (Punches) victory over Chuck Liddell. In the co-main event, Kimo Leopoldo defeated David Abbott in round 1 by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke).

You can view UFC 43 results and full fight card.

UFC 43 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 most exciting 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 43 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 43: Meltdown, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: According to Dana White, UFC is now worth around $9 billion, thanks to the deal with ESPN.

UFC 43 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 43:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 43 event is PENDING.

UFC 43 attendance and gate

There were 9,800 fans inside the Thomas and Mack Center for UFC 43 on June 6. The reported gate for the event is: $645,140. The buyrate and viewership data is: 49,000.

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