ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong has taken yet another step in the right direction to support his fighters, as Sityodtong will now be awarding $50,000 performance bonuses at every event going forward.
It has been said there will be a minimum of one bonus given out at each show, with a maximum of five awarded, based on the performances of the fighters. This opportunity will also extend to the losers of the event, so if they lose a close decision where they fought hard, there is still an additional financial incentive.
When Will The Bonuses be in Effect?
ONE Championship kicks off its 2022 shows this coming Friday with the ONE: Heavy Hitters event. With the new bonus policy in place, all eyes will be on the impact it has on the fighters’ performances. It could prove to be an extra incentive for fighters, something that would greatly improve ONE’s already top-notch product.
The rematch saw number-two ranked Lightweight Arslanaliev (9-2) put on a sensational display and stopping Nastyukhin in the third round via TKO.
Unknown to most, the first recipients of this impressive bonus were Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev and Timofey Nastyukhin at the Winter Warriors event. Sityodtong awarded both fighters the $50,000 bonus in a fight that was also voted 2021 ‘Fight of the Year’ by ONE Championship.
This wasn’t the first time that ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong has given out bonuses to athletes, as we have previously seen athletes rewarded after particularly impressive performances. However, there was no policy in place for awarding cash bonuses at every show until now.
This will be a huge pay upgrade for certain athletes specifically of the Muay Thai divisions, as Muay Thai fighters worldwide still struggle financially compared to their MMA counterparts. That being said, exciting fighters such as Rodtang do not need bonuses to perform: they bring the heat every time they step out.
With ONE: Heavy Hitters this coming Friday who will be the first to go home with $50,000 in 2022?
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