07 Apr UFC Fighters to Start Receiving Bonuses in Bitcoin
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced it will distribute new bonuses for athletes that will be paid in bitcoin. The crypto awards will go to the top three fighters fans have voted for.
Fight Night Bonuses in Bitcoin
The UFC continues to engage further with the cryptocurrency industry. It disclosed new “Fan Bonus of the Night,” which will be awarded to athletes in the primary digital asset.
The bitcoin payouts will range from $30,000 for first place, $20,000 for a second, and $10,000 for third place. The positions will be decided by fans who can vote from all over the world on the UFC’s Pay-Per-View channel.
The initiative will be launched this Saturday (April 9) during the fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Jung Chan-sung (known as “The Korean Zombie”). To introduce the new bonus system, the UFC used CryptoCom’s help – its official cryptocurrency partner.
Dana White – President of the UFC – praised the exchange as “the best partner” the organization has ever had.
“They’re constantly coming up with new ideas about how we can work together to connect with the fans. This new Fan Bonus of the Night is an awesome way to get fans more engaged in our events while rewarding the fighters for bad-ass performances,” he stated.
Steven Kalifowitz – Chief Marketing Officer of CryptoCom – said the primary goal of the collaboration with the UFC is “creating the most unique and compelling ways for fans to connect with the sport and their favorite athletes.” The executive hinted that additional crypto initiatives might be added in the near future.
CryptoCom has signed other deals with entities in the sports industry recently. Apart from teaming up with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the exchange became the global partner of Formula 1.
Fighters Keen on Crypto
At the end of 2021, the American professional mixed martial artist – Kevin Lee – renewed his Eagle FC contract. Interestingly, he insisted on being paid in bitcoin instead of dollars as the asset solved his financial issues a few years ago.
In January this year, the reigning UFC heavyweight champion – Francis Ngannou – revealed plans to receive 50% of his next fight earning in BTC. The Cameroonian believes the leading digital asset is “the future,” and it will cause a major impact on the African economy.
It is worth noting that Joe Rogan – the renowned UFC commentator and host of one of the top Spotify podcasts – is also a proponent of the crypto universe. Several months ago, he said digital assets could turn to be monetary instruments, which will improve people’s lives.
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