Finish Bonuses: If They Exist on "The Ultimate Fighter"...

Anthony Brancato@@TenOfSwordsCorrespondent IMay 26, 2011

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
Quinton "Rampage" JacksonJon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Everybody complains about the pace of fights in the UFC—and, for that matter, throughout MMA—but nobody seems to know what to do about it.

Except, it would seem, on The Ultimate Fighter.

For the longest time, TUF has awarded a $5,000 cash bonus to any fighter who wins his fight by knockout or submission, rather than "leaving it in the hands of the judges," as the cliche goes.

If this can be done there, then why not do it in the "real" fights?

And hey, let's refine the concept, and carry it one step further—by doubling the bonus for a finish in the second round and tripling it for a first-round stoppage.

As in any proposal of this sort, the specific details would need to be ironed out, such as whether to award the finish bonuses as fixed dollar amounts, or as percentages of the fighter's base pay (exclusive of any win bonus) for that particular fight. 

But that can be left to each individual promotion to decide.

Understandably, MMA fans want to see "action." Well this figures to give them a lot more "action"—and those fighters who prefer to grind out decision wins will be perfectly free to continue to do so.

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They just won't receive as much compensation for so doing as those who give the paying customers what they want, when they want it.