- UFC president Dana White decided to give every fighter who finished his opponent a $50,000 bonus
- Dana White thought the promotion should’ve included one fight in the card
- UFC Fight Night: Volkov vs. Aspinall set an all-time record
With a wide array of spectacular finishes, UFC London has arguably become this year’s most exciting UFC event thus far. To put this into context, nine out of the 12 fights on the card ended in a finish.
Undercard fighters, Muhammad Mokaev, Paul Craig, Sergei Pavlovich, and Makwan Amirkhani all came out blazing and secured remarkable first-round finishes. The main card followed suit with Ilia Topuria, Molly McCann, Paddy Pimblett, Arnold Allen, and headliner Tom Aspinall all earned stoppage wins over their respective opponents.
Dana White is happy, Everybody’s happy
UFC president Dana White admitted after the event that the highlight-worthy performances have put him in a “good mood.” White ended up awarding everybody who finished their foes a $50,000 performance bonus.
“They had already done all the bonuses and they were walking me through it and I was like, ‘F*** it. I’m in such a good mood, give everybody a bonus,’” White revealed at the post-fight press conference via MMA Fighting.
“And they all deserved it,” he pointed out. “Tonight couldn’t have been a better night, you couldn’t write a better script. It couldn’t go any better than it did. The fights were awesome. Everybody fought their ass off. Kids who won, kids who lost.”
One fight was missing
UFC Fight Night 204’s main event was headlined by a heavyweight showdown between England’s Tom Aspinall and Russia’s Alexander Volkov. The fight lived up to the hype but White reckoned that they should’ve put the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards in the card.
“The only thing that kills me tonight is that it would have been awesome for the main event to be Leon [Edwards] and [Kamaru] Usman,” the UFC boss told BT Sport. “That would have been incredible here. That was the only thing tonight that’s missing if tonight is missing anything.”
London made history
As things stand, the recent UFC London event is now the highest-grossing Fight Night event in the history of the promotion.