Originally Posted by Senzo Tanaka
Because bonuses don't encourage finishing fights.
There have been plenty of fighters interviewed who state they don't fight for bonuses and just simply consider them perks if they do get a KO or submission.
Most guys are under the mentality that if you get a bonus, great. It's not worth risking trying to finish and getting cut from the company though.
UFC has to change its policy on cutting fighters after X number of losses if they want to have more exciting fights. I think it would take offering huge bonuses for finishing (100k+) and a policy that you can only get cut once your contract is up and is based on a number of things. Not just win/loss record.
I really don't think it's the fear of being cut. Because there are many fighters in absolute no danger of being cut who come out conservative. It has become quite clear pushing the pace and giving your all buys you leeway where playing conservative fight game can guarantee your quick departure no matter how good you are perceived to be.
A good reason people don't take risks is because the show+win structure. Many reach a point where just winning is more valuable than the bonus. Guys on 50+50 would rather guarantee a win bonus than risk the win bonus for a possible performance bonus.
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