Veteran commentator Joe Rogan has spoken out in opposition to the win bonus construction that’s broadly carried out in most main MMA promotions together with the UFC. Talking with Bellator heavyweight Josh Barnett on a latest episode of The JRE podcast, he mentioned.
“Don’t you assume there’s an issue in incentivizing individuals to only win as a result of you’ve got a win bonus? A win bonus, I don’t like. I’ve mentioned this from the start. I simply don’t assume it’s honest.”
Rogan’s most important gripe with the win bonus construction is that it typically means fighters lose out on half their paycheque due to incompetent judging, he mentioned.
“To start with, if you happen to’re going to do a win bonus, you’ve acquired to do one thing in regards to the judging. You’ll want to have a greater scoring system and you should do away with incompetence. Then, whenever you go to different states, you should take management of the scenario. Sure: In different states it’s dire. I don’t need to title states, however there have been states the place we do fights the place I’m simply going, ‘Who watched that struggle? How is that even potential?’ Individuals simply get (expletive) robbed.
“If in case you have win bonuses (and) if a man is available in and will get 50, and if he wins he will get one other 50, you stole $50,000 from that man by giving him incompetent judging. If you happen to’re a fighter, you’ve acquired to do your finest to win. If which means taking a man down and hump and throw sufficient punches to maintain the referee from standing it up, that’s $50,000 for you.”
Barnett provided up an answer that incentivized finishes over wins. Rogan preferred this concept however expressed his opinion that bonuses must be a bit of additional, not half of a fighter’s purse, he mentioned.
“I don’t assume (win bonuses) incentivize these guys. On the prime degree? Have you ever ever tried to not win? … I believe end bonuses isn’t a foul thought. However I believe it must be a bonus – not half of your (expletive) purse. I’d no less than wish to see somebody come together with another tackle how fighters are paid, and we haven’t actually seen that.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)
Do you agree with Joe Rogan about win bonuses in MMA?