Fighters who miss weight are not eligible for post-fight performance bonuses, but UFC President Dana White made an exception for Geoff Neal at UFC 285.
Neal missed weight for his pay-per-view fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov and lost via third-round submission at Saturday’s event. Rakhmonov was a frontrunner for a $50,000 bonus, but White announced afterward that Neal would also receive his share of a “Fight of the Night” nod.
“I dont’ give a s***, I’m paying him anyway,” White said at the post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
There were three “Performance of the Night” bonuses handed out for $50,000 each. They included:
- Jon Jones for his eye-popping first-round submission of Ciryl Gane in their heavyweight title fight in the main event.
- Alexa Grasso for her fourth-round submission of longtime champ Valentina Shevchenko.
- Bo Nickal for his lightning-quick submission of Jamie Pickett in the PPV opener.