UFC 79 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Nemesis’

Event: UFC 79: Nemesis
Date: Sat., Dec. 29, 2007
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 10
Attendance: 11,075
Gate: $4,994,000
Buy Rate: 650,000

UFC 79 is officially in the books. ‘Nemesis’-led card took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 16 years ago. The ten-fight-event featured some nice scraps and a handful of nice finishes, punctuated by Georges St. Pierre’s Submission (Armbar) victory over Matt Hughes. In the co-main event, Chuck Liddell defeated Wanderlei Silva in round 3 by Decision (Unanimous).

You can view UFC 79 results and full fight card.

UFC 79 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 79 bonus winners below:

There were ten fights at UFC 79: Nemesis, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Eddie Sanchez and Georges St-Pierre, who will be leaving the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. Wanderlei Silva Vs. Chuck Liddell was awarded the Fight of the Night.

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

UFC 79 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 79:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 79 event is PENDING.

UFC 79 attendance and gate

There were 11,075 fans inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 79 on December 29. The reported gate for the event is: $4,994,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 650,000.

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