See who walked away with some extra change in their pocket following the awarding of the UFC 287 post-fight bonuses.
In April 2003, UFC 42: Sudden Impact took place at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, headlined by Matt Hughes defending the UFC welterweight championship against Sean Sherk. A total of 6,700 attended the event live.
Now, 20 years later, the same arena (now called the Kaseya Center) was rocking for the UFC's return to Miami with UFC 287. And if the event's numbers are worth anything, it seemed to be worth the wait.
A total of 19,032 sold out the arena for a gate of $11.9 million. This makes UFC 287 the highest-grossing event in the arena's history, as well as the sixth-highest grossing event in the history of the UFC.
In fact, UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference that the event's gate beat out the one for UFC 281 at Madison Square Garden — which had the same main event of Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira.
Adesanya and Rob Font were awarded Performance of the Night bonuses, while Chris Curtis vs. Kelvin Gastelum was named the UFC 287 Fight of the Night.
All four walked away with an extra $50,000.
UFC 287: Israel Adesanya, Rob Font earn performance bonuses; Chris Curtis vs. Kelvin Gastelum named Fight of the Night
Adesanya regained the UFC middleweight championship in the main event of UFC 287, pulling off a knockout of Alex Pereira. Pereira had beaten Adesanya for the title in UFC 281, as well as twice in kickboxing.
Font pulled off a violent first-round knockout of Adrian Yanez on the main card.
Curtis and Gastelum had a wild brawl in the featured prelim of the night, with Gastelum getting the unanimous decision win (one needed for Gastelum).