|Event:||UFC 97: Redemption|
|Date:||Sat., Apr. 18, 2009|
|Location:||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
UFC 97 is officially in the books. ‘Redemption’-led card took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 14 years ago. The twelve-fight-event featured some great fights and a bunch of nice finishes, punctuated by Anderson Silva’s Decision (Unanimous) victory over Thales Leites. In the co-main event, Sam Stout defeated Matt Wiman in round 3 by Decision (Unanimous).
UFC 97 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 97 bonus winners below:
There were twelve fights at UFC 97: Redemption, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Mauricio Rua and Krzysztof Soszynski, who will be leaving the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with an extra $50,000. Sam Stout Vs. Matt Wiman was awarded the Fight of the Night.
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UFC 97 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 97:
The total disclosed payroll for UFC 97 event is PENDING.
UFC 97 attendance and gate
There were 21,451 fans inside the Bell Centre for UFC 97 on April 18. The reported gate for the event is: $4,900,000. The buyrate and viewership data is: 650,000.