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Old 11-20-2009, 11:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC fight bonuses, are they a good thing ? whats your opinion?

Fight bonuses,
Are they a good thing?, is it neccessary to really have them?
Personally i am unsure, yes fighters get a purse and rightfully so, however does a chance of KO of the night etc encourage fighters especially those on the lower part of the card to take unneccesary risks to their health?
Is a fighters purse really what they only deserve for a fight?
Im sitting on the fence for this one, but seeing there are quite a few intelligent posters on this forum i would like to hear the fors and againsts etc as there is a lot of potential 'meat' on this thread
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Old 11-20-2009, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not on the fence at all. I think they are a very good thing. Bonuses reward, and thus encourage, exceptional performances. Watching fighters secure a 'safe' win without trying to finish the fight sucks. It loses viewers which loses both the organization and fighters money.

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Old 11-20-2009, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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no doubt that its a good thing IMO

Its good for the fighters because they can get a lot of extra cash and its good for the fans because it gives that extra little push for fighters to put on a great show. plus I dont think Fighters take huge risks trying to get the bonuses, its just if they see an opportunity they will go for it rather than just edge out decisions.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It is a great thing, and it has caused some fighters to put out spectacular performances as well. Look at how many times you can count the same fighters for FOTN. There are quite a few names that seem to always show up. Plus KO and Sub of the night encourage the fight to be finished, the less we leave in the hands of the judges the better.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Definately good -- Especially while this sport is still on the rise; it isn't even near plateauing yet. Fighters need incentive to perform both efficiently and excitingly. the UFC is a business and a sport. It's still on the rise, we need all the viewers we can get.

The real question is: where do you draw the line between being smart and being entertaining.

In a perfect world, fighters do both; but I believe winning first and fore most 99.9% of the time, is more important.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yup, without bonuses we'd see 90% decisions more than likely. Also most of these guys aren't exactly raking in the dough so it's a nice touch.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I dont see how anyone a fan of the sport can say its bad, if a fighter is stupid enough to leave himself exposed then he shouldnt be fighting, I forgot the guys name but a while ago there was a fighter who was facing against one of his long time friends and training partners, he later revealed that he was broke coming into the bout and came out with $200k because of KO/FOTN bonuses.

if you are stupid and go for the KO or FOTN every time you step into the ocagon, then you will have a very short career and im pretty sure almost every professional fighter knows this.
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I dont see how anyone a fan of the sport can say its bad, if a fighter is stupid enough to leave himself exposed then he shouldnt be fighting, I forgot the guys name but a while ago there was a fighter who was facing against one of his long time friends and training partners, he later revealed that he was broke coming into the bout and came out with $200k because of KO/FOTN bonuses.

if you are stupid and go for the KO or FOTN every time you step into the ocagon, then you will have a very short career and im pretty sure almost every professional fighter knows this.
that was Pat Barry.
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Its a basic rewards system. Like with a dog. You do this you get that.

I don't have a problem with it. It allows for potentially more gruesome fights and I've never not liked a gruesome fight. Sure guys might get hurt, but you shouldn't take the risk if you can't handle your just rewards. And besides, if you're making so little on a fight you're worried about your bonus, you should really find another line of work.
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