|Event:||UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan|
|Date:||Sun., Dec. 21, 1997|
UFC 15.5 is officially in the books. ‘Ultimate Japan’-led card took place at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan, 25 years ago. The seven-fight-event featured some excellent fights and a several of nice finishes, punctuated by Randy Couture’s Decision victory over Maurice Smith. In the co-main event, Kazushi Sakuraba defeated Marcus Silveira in round 1 by Submission (Armbar).
UFC 15.5 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 15.5 bonus winners below:
There were seven fights at UFC 15.5: Ultimate Japan, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.
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UFC 15.5 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 15.5:
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 15.5 event is PENDING.
UFC 15.5 attendance and gate
There were 5,000 fans inside the Yokohama Arena for UFC 15.5 on December 21. The reported gate for the event is: Undisclosed. The buyrate and viewership data is: N/A.