|Event:||UFC 80: Rapid Fire|
|Date:||Sat., Jan. 19, 2008|
|Venue:||Metro Radio Arena|
|Location:||Newcastle, United Kingdom|
UFC 80 is officially in the books. ‘Rapid Fire’-led card took place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, United Kingdom, 15 years ago. The nine-fight-event featured some excellent fights and a handful of nice finishes, punctuated by B.J. Penn’s Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) victory over Joe Stevenson. In the co-main event, Fabricio Werdum defeated Gabriel Gonzaga in round 2 by TKO (Punches).
UFC 80 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 most thrilling individual performance.
Let’s take a closer look at the official UFC 80 bonus winners below:
There were nine fights at UFC 80: Rapid Fire, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Wilson Gouveia and B.J. Penn, who will be leaving the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, United Kingdom with an extra $50,000. Paul Taylor Vs. Paul Kelly was awarded the Fight of the Night.
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UFC 80 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 80:
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 80 event is PENDING.
UFC 80 attendance and gate
There were 8,412 fans inside the Metro Radio Arena for UFC 80 on January 19. The reported gate for the event is: $1,250,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 225,000.