ONE Championship fighters have a been given added incentive to produce fireworks with CEO Chatri Sityodtong reportedly offering a 50k performance bonus for athletes who show the most ‘gameness.’
According to SCMP MMA, Sityodtong will award,
‘A minimum of one bonus will be given out at each show, with a maximum of five awarded, based on fighters’ performances – and losers can win it too.’
The same article describes how the first recipients of the new bonus were #2-ranked lightweight Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev and Timofey Nastyukhin. The pair delivered an epic war at ONE: ‘Winter Warriors.’
— Nick Atkin (@NicoSCMP) January 11, 2022
Dagi secured a savage third-round knockout against his countryman following an absolute barn burner. The bout was awarded 2021 Fight of the Year by the Singapore-based promotion. The win also maintained a 100% finishing rate for the Dagestani.
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) December 31, 2021
‘Warrior Bonuses’ are not a new concept to ONE. They were first introduced back in 2014 with Edward Kelly being awarded the bag for his fantastic come-from-behind win against Rob Lisita.
In 2018, both Aung La Nsang and Ken Hasegawa were each awarded 50k for their epic battle at ONE: ‘Century.’
At the time, Sityodtong wrote,
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) June 29, 2021