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CagePotato Stats: The UFC Performance Bonus Leaderboard


(And he makes it look so easy…)

Chris Lytle‘s $50,000 Submission of the Night bonus at UFC 110 represented his seventh UFC performance bonus in his last eight fights, which made us wonder: Does that make him the #1 bonus-collector on the UFC’s roster? And who else is in the running? So, with the help of the UG and Wikipedia, we compiled a ranking of the UFC’s top performance bonus leaders, based on available information. When possible, we added up the grand totals of the fighters’ pay-bumps, though the amounts of these bonuses weren’t consistently reported before UFC 70.

Related: UFC Changes Fight-Bonus Structure, Introduces “Performance of the Night”

Fighters With Twelve Bonuses
Joe Lauzon*: 6 Submission of the Night bonuses, 5 Fight of the Night bonus, 1 Knockout of the Night bonus
Anderson Silva: 7 KOTN, 3 FOTN, 2 SOTN

Fighters With Eleven Bonuses
Nate Diaz: 5 FOTN, 5 SOTN, 1 KOTN; $535,000 total

Fighters With Ten Bonuses
Donald Cerrone:
 3 FOTN, 3 KOTN, 2 SOTN, 2 POTN; $610,000 total
Chris Lytle:
 6 FOTN bonuses, 3 SOTN bonuses, 1 KOTN bonus; $515,000 total (Note: Lytle retired from the UFC after his victory over Dan Hardy at UFC on Versus 5, which scored him a Fight of the Night and a Submission of the Night bonus.)

Fighters With Nine Bonuses
Clay Guida: 6 FOTN, 3 SOTN

Fighters With Eight Bonuses:
Frankie Edgar7 FOTN, 1 KOTN

Fighters With Seven Bonuses:
Lyoto Machida:
 4 KOTN, 3 FOTN; $479,000 total
Wanderlei Silva
:
 5 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $420,000 total
Sam Stout: 6 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $385,000 total
Charles Oliveira:
 3 SOTN, 2 FOTN, 2 POTN; $345,000 total

Fighters With Six Bonuses:
Diego Sanchez: 6 FOTN; $405,000 total
Carlos Condit4 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $390,000 total
Jon Jones: 3 FOTN, 2 SOTN, 1 KOTN; $390,000 total
Johny Hendricks: 3 KOTN, 3 FOTN; $350,000 total
Mauricio Rua3 KOTN, 3 FOTN; $345,000 total
Roy Nelson: 4 KOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 POTN; $305,000 total
Jim Miller3 FOTN, 3 SOTN; $295,000 total
Dennis Siver: 3 FOTN, 2 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $260,000 total
Tyson Griffin: 5 FOTN, 1 SOTN
Georges St. Pierre: 4 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN
Cole Miller: 4 SOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN

Fighters With Five Bonuses:
Edson Barboza: 4 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $350,000 total
Josh Koscheck
: 
2 FOTN, 2 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $345,000 total
Dan Henderson: 3 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 POTN; $330,000 total
Travis Browne: 4 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $310,000 total
Sam Stout: 4 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $305,000 total
Forrest Griffin: 4 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $295,000 total
Quinton Jackson: 3 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $295,000 total
Stefan Struve: 3 SOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $295,000 total
Vitor Belfort: 5 KOTN; $285,000 total
Brad Pickett: 4 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $270,000 total
Terry Etim: 4 SOTN, 1 FOTN; $265,000 total
Demian Maia: 4 SOTN, 1 FOTN; $265,000 total
Jeremy Stephens: 3 KOTN, 2 FOTN; $265,000 total
Erick Silva: 2 SOTN, 2 FOTN, 1 POTN; $260,000 total
Matt Wiman: 4 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $255,000 total
Ed Herman: 2 FOTN, 2 SOTN, 1 KOTN
Martin Kampmann: 2 SOTN, 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN

Fighters With Four Bonuses:
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $290,000 total
Mark Hunt:
2 FOTN, 2 KOTN;$275,000
Alan Belcher
: 2 FOTN, 2 SOTN; $270,000 total
BJ Penn: 2 SOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $250,000 total
Tito Ortiz: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $250,000 total
Ronda Rousey: 2 POTN, 1 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $250,000 total
Mac Danzig: 3 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $235,000 total
Junior Dos Santos: 3 KOTN, 1 FOTN; $230,000 total
Evan Dunham: 3 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $230,000 total
Michael McDonald: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $225,000 total
Renan Barao:
2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $220,000 total
Scott Jorgensen:
3 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $220,000 total
Cub Swanson: 2 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $215,000 total
Chris Weidman: 2 KOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $210,000 total
Wilson Gouveia: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $205,000 total
Pat Barry: 2 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $205,000 total
Demetrious Johnson: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN; $200,000 total
Chris Leben: 2 FOTN, 2 KOTN; $200,000 total
Chan Sung Jung: 2 SOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 KOTN; $200,000 total
Melvin Guillard: 3 KOTN, 1 FOTN; $200,000 total
Dennis Bermudez: 2 FOTN, 1 SOTN, 1 POTN; $200,000 total
Matt Brown: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 POTN; $200,000 total
CB Dollaway: 2 SOTN, 1 FOTN, 1 POTN; $195,000 total
Thiago Tavares: 3 FOTN, 1 SOTN; $180,000
Jason MacDonald: 3 SOTN, 1 KOTN
Rashad Evans: 2 FOTN, 2 KOTN
Yves Edwards: 2 FOTN, 1 KOTN, 1 SOTN

Active UFC fighters who have scored three bonuses during their time in the Octagon include Cain Velasquez, Anthony Pettis, Urijah Faber, Alexander Gustafsson, TJ Dillashaw, Benson Henderson, Stipe Miocic, Rich Franklin, Takanori Gomi, Jake Ellenberger, Nate Marquardt, TJ Grant, Thiago Silva, Thiago Alves, Dustin Poirier, Alex Caceres, Paulo Thiago, Yoshihiro Akiyama, John Dodson, Krzysztof Soszynski, and Tom Lawlor. If we’ve missed any other fighters with four or more bonuses, please enlighten us in the comments section. We’ll update this list any time the leaderboard changes.

* This total includes Joe Lauzon’s reported Knockout of the Night bonus for his 48-second KO of Jens Pulver at UFC 63 and his Submission of the Night bonus for choking out Brandon Melendez at the TUF 5 Finale, but these bonuses were never officially announced by the UFC. Following UFC 155, the UFC confirmed that Lauzon and Anderson Silva are both tied with 12 bonuses.

Last update: 7/17/14

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mma samurai- March 2, 2010 at 2:22 am
Kinda makes you feel bad for Jason McDonald considering he made the list and I always found him to be a scrappy and entertaining fighter and he still got his walking papers
SuckMyShinya- March 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm
Chris Lytle fought and beat someone named "Beaver Beaver" in 2000?!?!
He must have really kicked his ass cuz Beaver never fought again...
lionel61- March 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm
They ought to change his name to Chris "Lights On" Lytle!

Son's gettin' the bills paid!
Dan0- March 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm
Anderson is the only Champion mentioned with bonuses?
Get Off Me- March 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Wow Nate Diaz is getting some props..... Not usually the case on CP.
Chris Lytle is a great fighter and why this guy ends up on the undercard is beyond me, same thing with Alan Belcher......

Patrick- March 1, 2010 at 11:59 am
Not to mention Lytle holds down a full time job as a firefighter.
Dude's a beast. One of my favorite fighters of all time.
skeletor- March 1, 2010 at 10:15 am
Lytle is exciting as hell. The first fight I even became aware of him was when he fought Lawler. If they were giving bonuses then I garuntee you that was the fight of the night. It's still one of the most action packed fights to go down in the UFC.
ben- March 1, 2010 at 9:23 am
@mma_analysis:Could you post a source on that?
mma_analysis- March 1, 2010 at 9:07 am
Tyson Griffin has 6. SOTN at UFC 63.
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rlh61- March 1, 2010 at 8:14 am
@Rex13

You have officially arrived! I too have longed for the validation of the bens...alas, my wait continues...now, if you can actually get a fucking shirt, you're a god.
ben- March 1, 2010 at 8:00 am
 @Zyz Zyx: Thanks man, just added Joe.
ReX13- March 1, 2010 at 8:00 am
(omg you guys the ben just addressed me directly i'm freakin out!!!1!!)
ReX13- March 1, 2010 at 7:58 am
Ben>> Actually, yeah, i managed to skim over that part. So i guess this Lytle guy is pretty impressive after all.

But seriously people, sixteen fights. Was i the only one who did not realize how long he's been throwing down like this?
Deadletter- March 1, 2010 at 7:54 am
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Zyz Zyx- March 1, 2010 at 7:46 am
Almost forgot Joe Stevenson with 3 FOTN's. UFC 95 and 110 as well as TUF 9 Finale.
ben- March 1, 2010 at 7:44 am
@honkey_kong: You're thinking of Nick.@ReX13: Did you miss the part about Lytle getting all those bonuses in his last 8 fights?  Sure, the average goes down when you take into account all of his fights, but information about end-of-night bonuses wasn't always released before April 2007, so he could have even more.
Zyz Zyx- March 1, 2010 at 7:43 am
Lylte won his bonuses on UFC 73, 78, 81, 89, 93, and 110 as well Ultimate Finale 9. Very impressive considering he wasn't getting his bonuses mainly on Fight Nights. The dude's a beast who is going to become a cripple for our entertainment.

Hey Ben! Would it be possible to put the events with which the bonuses correspond?
honkey_kong- March 1, 2010 at 7:13 am
ya I was really impressed with Diaz being on this list and not even fighting in the UFC anymore.
ben- March 1, 2010 at 7:03 am
 @Ryan_Johnson:Thanks for the heads-up, I just added him and Dustin Hazelett (2 SOTN, one FOTN)
ReX13- March 1, 2010 at 7:00 am
Sure, Lytle has racked up the bonuses, but he's had 16 fights for the UFC. No, seriously, i didn't realize it was that many either. Go look it up; i'll wait.

Told you.

More impressive, to me at least, are those who are piling up the bonuses in fewer matchups. Diaz and Tyson Griffin have both scored bonuses in more than half of their matchups--nine fights apiece and five bonuses. But Lauzon takes the cake: in just seven fights, he's earned five bonuses. Nice going, sir. I guess i'll have to pay more attention to J-Lau now, huh?
Hendos Right Hand- March 1, 2010 at 6:20 am
Lytle FTW
Ryan_Johnson- March 1, 2010 at 6:20 am
Frankie Edgar - 3 FOTN bonuses
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