UFC 49 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Unfinished Business’

Event: UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Date: Sat., Aug. 21, 2004
Venue: MGM Grand Arena
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: 12,100
Gate: $1,293,035
Buy Rate: 80,000

UFC 49 is officially in the books. ‘Unfinished Business’-led card took place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, 19 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some great fights and a few of nice finishes, punctuated by Randy Couture’s TKO (Doctor Stoppage) victory over Vitor Belfort. In the co-main event, Joe Riggs defeated Joe Doerksen in round 2 by TKO (Submission to Elbows).

You can view UFC 49 results and full fight card.

UFC 49 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 49 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 49: Unfinished Business, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. 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 49 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 49:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 49 event is PENDING.

UFC 49 attendance and gate

There were 12,100 fans inside the MGM Grand Arena for UFC 49 on August 21. The reported gate for the event is: $1,293,035. The buyrate and viewership data is: 80,000.

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