UFC 81 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Breaking Point’

Event: UFC 81: Breaking Point
Date: Sat., Feb. 2, 2008
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 9
Attendance: 10,583
Gate: $2,437,890
Buy Rate: 600,000

UFC 81 is officially in the books. ‘Breaking Point’-led card took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, 16 years ago. The nine-fight-event featured some great fights and a handful of nice finishes, punctuated by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s Submission (Guillotine Choke) victory over Tim Sylvia. In the co-main event, Frank Mir defeated Brock Lesnar in round 1 by Submission (Kneebar).

You can view UFC 81 results and full fight card.

UFC 81 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 81 bonus winners below:

There were nine fights at UFC 81: Breaking Point, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Chris Lytle and Frank Mir, who will be leaving the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Tim Sylvia 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 81 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 81:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 81 event is PENDING.

UFC 81 attendance and gate

There were 10,583 fans inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 81 on February 2. The reported gate for the event is: $2,437,890. The buyrate and viewership data is: 600,000.

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