UFC 285 post-fight bonuses: Geoff Neal gets special exception from Dana White


Fighters who miss weight are not eligible for post-fight performance bonuses, but UFC President Dana White made an exception for Geoff Neal at UFC 285.

Neal missed weight for his pay-per-view fight with Shavkat Rakhmonov and lost via third-round submission at Saturday’s event. Rakhmonov was a frontrunner for a $50,000 bonus, but White announced afterward that Neal would also receive his share of a “Fight of the Night” nod.

“I dont’ give a s***, I’m paying him anyway,” White said at the post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

There were three “Performance of the Night” bonuses handed out for $50,000 each. They included:

  • Jon Jones’s stunning first round submission of Ciryl Ganes in the heavyweight title fight at the main event.
  • Alexa Grasso for her fourth-round submission of longtime champ Valentina Shevchenko.
  • Bo Nickal for his lightning-quick submission of Jamie Pickett in the PPV opener.