UFC: Joe Rogan Isn’t A Fan Of Win Bonuses In MMA
Joe Rogan has become as recognisable with the UFC as the logo itself. And the long time commentator has stated that he is not a big fan of win bonuses within the sport.
The UFC pay both fighters a flat rate and then a bonus to the winner. The bonus is usually same as the flat rate. For example, if someone’s flat rate is $20,000, their win bonus is also $20,000.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast (as transcribed by BJPenn.com), he said that his first problem with this system is the incompetence of certain MMA judges. As a result a fighter can be deprived of his win bonus if the wrong fighter is crowned the winner.
“That win bonus, I do not like,” Rogan stated. “I have said this from the beginning, I just don’t think it’s fair. First of all, if you’re going to do a win bonus, you need to do something about the judging. You need to have a better scoring system, and you need to get rid of incompetence.
“In other states, it’s dire. I don’t want to name states, but there’s been states where we do fights where I’m just going ‘who watched that fight?’ How is this even possible? People just get f***ing robbed. So, if you have win bonuses, and a guy comes in and he’s getting $50,000, and then if he wins he gets another $50,000, you stole $50,000 from that guy by giving him incompetent judging.”
According to Rogan, the bonus policy also encourages a more defensive stance which can lead to uneventful competitions.
“If you’re a fighter, you’ve got to do your best to win. If that means take a guy down and hump him, and throw enough punches to keep the referee from standing you up, that’s $50,000 for you.”
Do you agree with Joe Rogan? Do you think it’s time to explore a different payment structure in the UFC?