UFC 82 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Pride of a Champion’

Event: UFC 82: Pride of a Champion
Date: Sat., Mar. 1, 2008
Venue: Nationwide Arena
Location: Columbus, Ohio
Total Fights: 10
Attendance: 16,431
Gate: $2,200,000
Buy Rate: 325,000

UFC 82 is officially in the books. ‘Pride of a Champion’-led card took place at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, 16 years ago. The ten-fight-event featured some excellent fights and a several of nice finishes, punctuated by Anderson Silva’s Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) victory over Dan Henderson. In the co-main event, Heath Herring defeated Cheick Kongo in round 3 by Decision (Split).

You can view UFC 82 results and full fight card.

UFC 82 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 82 bonus winners below:

There were ten fights at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Chris Leben and Anderson Silva, who will be leaving the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with an extra $50,000. Anderson Silva Vs. Dan Henderson was awarded the Fight of the Night.

Did you know: The first knockout, submission, and fight of the night bonuses were awarded at UFC 70 in 2007.

UFC 82 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 82:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 82 event is PENDING.

UFC 82 attendance and gate

There were 16,431 fans inside the Nationwide Arena for UFC 82 on March 1. The reported gate for the event is: $2,200,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 325,000.

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