UFC 61 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Bitter Rivals’

Event: UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Date: Sat., Jul. 8, 2006
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 9
Attendance: 11,167
Gate: $3,350,775
Buy Rate: 775,000

UFC 61 is officially in the books. ‘Bitter Rivals’-led card took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 17 years ago. The nine-fight-event featured some nice scraps and a bunch of nice finishes, punctuated by Tim Sylvia’s Decision (Unanimous) victory over Andrei Arlovski. In the co-main event, Joshua Burkman defeated Josh Neer in round 3 by Decision (Unanimous).

You can view UFC 61 results and full fight card.

UFC 61 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 61 bonus winners below:

There were nine fights at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Jeff Monson and Hermes Franca, who will be leaving the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. Joe Stevenson Vs. Yves Edwards was awarded the Fight of the Night.

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UFC 61 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 61:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 61 event is PENDING.

UFC 61 attendance and gate

There were 11,167 fans inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 61 on July 8. The reported gate for the event is: $3,350,775. The buyrate and viewership data is: 775,000.

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