The newly created interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje was one of the evening’s biggest winners in terms of stature and compensation.
Not only did Gaethje add a belt to his collection, but he won two performance bonuses of $ 50,000 for his brutal fifth-round TKO by Tony Ferguson at the main event of UFC 249.
The promotion announced the full list of bonus recipients after Saturday’s à la carte event at the VyStar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. The main card was broadcast on ESPN +.
Ferguson, whose streak of 12 insane victories ended at the door of a title shot, also won a $ 50,000 bonus in half of the “night fight” with Gaethje. The other “Night Performance” bonus went to Francis Ngannou, who only needed 20 seconds to clear Jairzinho Rozenstruik from the main map.
Gaethje has now won performance bonuses in seven of his nine octagon appearances.
UFC 249 performance bonus:
Fight of the night: Justin Gaethje, Tony Ferguson
Night performance: Justin Gaethje, Francis Ngannou