UFC Lightweight contender Tony Ferguson requested UFC president Dana White to increase their performance bonuses for UFC 262 and looks like his wish just came true.
UFC 262 takes place Saturday at Toyota Center. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+. The event is headlined by Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira fighting for the vacant lightweight championship after former champion Khabib Nurmagomedov retired and vacated the title. In the co-main event, the ‘Boogeyman’ of the division Tony Ferguson is taking on Beneil Dariush in a grappler’s delight match-up.
Tony Ferguson asks UFC President for Bonus
During the UFC 262 pre-fight press conference, Tony Ferguson suggested to Dana White that since they are in Texas they should get a raise in their bonuses. Ferguson fought at UFC 166 in October 2013, a card that also took place at Toyota Center in Houston. During that card, White had also increased the bonuses to $60,000 and Tony Ferguson won submission of the night with a D’Arce choke against Mike Rio and got that bonus.
"You had this **** handed to you!"
Tony Ferguson was taking shots at Khabib Nurmagomedov, Michael Chandler, Beneil Dariush and Dana White at the UFC 262 press conference!
El Cucuy giving out! 😤 pic.twitter.com/ybXrXoSGF0
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) May 14, 2021
“(Last time when I fought in Houston), we were here for the performance-bonus meeting,” Ferguson said to White at Thursday’s pre-fight news conference. “(Travis Browne) said, ‘You know, everything is bigger in Texas, Dana, right?’ Right, you remember that? He said, ‘How about a bigger bonus?’ So, I’m going to ask you, Dana. Since we are here, like last time, can we have a bigger bonus this time?”
All the fighters and Fans cheered on that demand and showed their support for this idea. Dana White considering this request has decided to increase the bonuses by 50% only for this event. The UFC 262 bonuses are raised from the usual $50,000 to $75,000, promotion officials confirmed to the media on Friday.
The raise comes one month after a small bump in guaranteed payments from the new official apparel sponsor, Venum. As all fighters are guaranteed an additional $500 while defending champions got an extra $2,000.
The fighters to win “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” bonuses will get $75,000. This is a great opportunity for all fighters to win some extra money but for that, they’ll have to put on some amazing performances this Saturday night. All the fighters fighting at UFC 262 will be thankful to Tony Ferguson who put the idea out in front of Dana White.
- Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler – for the vacant lightweight title
- Beneil Dariush vs. Tony Ferguson
- Rogerio Bontorin vs. Matt Schnell
- Viviane Araujo vs. Katlyn Chookagian
- Edson Barboza vs. Shane Burgos
- Andre Muniz vs. Ronaldo Souza
- Mike Grundy vs. Lando Vannata
- Jamie Pickett vs. Jordan Wright
- Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gina Mazany
- Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz
- Christos Giagos vs. Sean Soriano
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