UFC 39 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘The Warriors Return’

Event: UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Date: Fri., Sep. 27, 2002
Venue: Mohegan Sun Arena
Location: Uncasville, Connecticut
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: 7,800
Gate: Undisclosed
Buy Rate: 45,000

UFC 39 is officially in the books. ‘The Warriors Return’-led card took place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, 20 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some nice brawls and a bunch of nice finishes, punctuated by Ricco Rodriguez’s TKO (Submission to Elbow) victory over Randy Couture. In the co-main event, Tim Sylvia defeated Wesley Correira in round 2 by TKO (Corner Stoppage).

You can view UFC 39 results and full fight card.

UFC 39 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 most exciting 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 39 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 39: The Warriors Return, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.

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UFC 39 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 39:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 39 event is PENDING.

UFC 39 attendance and gate

There were 7,800 fans inside the Mohegan Sun Arena for UFC 39 on September 27. The reported gate for the event is: Undisclosed. The buyrate and viewership data is: 45,000.

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