UFC 98 Bonuses – Fighter Payouts for ‘Evans vs. Machida’

Event: UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Date: Sat., May. 23, 2009
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Total Fights: 11
Attendance: 12,606
Gate: $3,257,350
Buy Rate: 635,000

UFC 98 is officially in the books. ‘Evans vs. Machida’-led card took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, 14 years ago. The eleven-fight-event featured some nice scraps and a handful of nice finishes, punctuated by Lyoto Machida’s KO (Punches) victory over Rashad Evans. In the co-main event, Matt Hughes defeated Matt Serra in round 3 by Decision (Unanimous).

You can view UFC 98 results and full fight card.

UFC 98 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 98 bonus winners below:

There were eleven fights at UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida, only four athletes received the bonuses. The Performance of the Night bonus went to Lyoto Machida and Brock Larson, who will be leaving the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with an extra $50,000. Matt Hughes Vs. Matt Serra 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 98 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 98:


The total disclosed payroll for UFC 98 event is PENDING.

UFC 98 attendance and gate

There were 12,606 fans inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena for UFC 98 on May 23. The reported gate for the event is: $3,257,350. The buyrate and viewership data is: 635,000.

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