UFC On Versus 3 headliners Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann were handsomely rewarded last night for their three round war in Kentucky.
The bloody battle between the two, which ended with Sanchez winning a controversial decision, was quickly installed as the ‘Fight Of The Night’ following the event, which came with a $40,000 bonus.
So happy was UFC president Dana White with their exciting display of guts and determination that he immediately added on an extra $20,000 to that bonus.
“These guys are going to make a lot of money for fighting like that,” an energized Dana White remarked backstage to Yahoo! Sports. “They’re going to get paid. That was an awesome, awesome fight. They’re going to get paid for that.”
True to his word, later in the evening White decided to take it a step further, adding another $100,000 to their bonus, leaving their total ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonus payment to $160,000.
That’s a UFC record, smashing the previous high of $100,000 which was paid out at UFC 100 back in 2009.
“I don’t forget fights like that,” said White. “That was an unbelievable fight. That was the kind of fight you saw back in the 1980s in boxing, a classic war. Diego Sanchez is one of the toughest [expletives] I’ve ever seen, man. It was a dogfight. They both gave every ounce of what they had. Kampmann got a loss on his record, but he didn’t lose that fight. There are no losers when you’re in a fight like that.”