UFC 53 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Heavy Hitters’

Event: UFC 53: Heavy Hitters
Date: Sat., Jun. 4, 2005
Venue: Boardwalk Hall
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Total Fights: 8
Attendance: 12,000
Gate: $1,100,000
Buy Rate: 90,000

UFC 53 is officially in the books. ‘Heavy Hitters’-led card took place at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, 18 years ago. The eight-fight-event featured some nice scraps and a few of nice finishes, punctuated by Andrei Arlovski’s TKO (Punches) victory over Justin Eilers. In the co-main event, Karo Parisyan defeated Matt Serra in round 3 by Decision (Unanimous).

You can view UFC 53 results and full fight card.

UFC 53 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 53 bonus winners below:

There were eight fights at UFC 53: Heavy Hitters, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to , who will be leaving the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey with an extra $50,000. was awarded the Fight of the Night.

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

UFC 53 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 53:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 53 event is PENDING.

UFC 53 attendance and gate

There were 12,000 fans inside the Boardwalk Hall for UFC 53 on June 4. The reported gate for the event is: $1,100,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 90,000.

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