When UFC light heavyweight Tyson Pedro took to the dais for UFC 221’s post-event press conference, he didn’t look quite as stoked as he had in the moments before and after his fight.
Despite one of the night’s best walkouts, a brilliant first-round submission win, and a post-fight speech only slightly downgraded by Jon Anik’s hand-eye coordination, Pedro explained his letdown.
“Who chooses the bonuses, actually? I’m actually burning about that,” he said after Saturday’s pay-per-view main card at Perth Arena in Australia. “Are you not entertained? What more do you want?”
A fair question, indeed. In his humble opinion, he’d beat out his victorious brother-in-law Tai Tuivasa for the best octagon entrance of the night.
“He knows I did,” said Pedro, who in his spare time hosts “The Halfcast Podcast” with Tuivasa. “They used the wrong version (of his walkout song) for him. It was like a funeral walkout.”
Then Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) pretty much pulled a fight-ending submission out of a hat. A kimura against the fence is usually a way to reverse position. More often, it’s the last refuge of a losing fighter. He forced Saparbek Safarov(8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) to submit in the opening round, and largely by accident.
“I actually mistook the clap – I heard the clap, and I thought it was the last 10 seconds, so I thought, ‘I’ve got to rip it off here,’” Pedro admitted.
Still, Pedro thought he’d surely done enough to win an extra $50,000 for a UFC 221 fight-night bonus, even if the UFC had to invent a new bonus.
“Man, to be honest, I thought that crowd favorite was going to get (Tuivasa and me) bonuses,” he said. (I’m) still a little disappointed. It’s awesome, but I thought I’d at least get ‘Walkout of the Night’ performance.”
He wasn’t the only one miffed at missing a bonus. Tuivasa also vented after his win.
In light of the snub, it would probably be wise for the brothers – and countless other UFC vets who beg for bonuses – to study the economics of discretionary money in the UFC. Until you’re a main-event fighter, the odds of getting extra money aren’t that great.
The good news, though, is Pedro plans to be that guy. On the way, he’ll give Joe Rogan a reason to have him as a guest on the UFC commentator’s massively popular podcast.
“I’ve got a lot more to do before I’m on there, but I’ll get on there soon,” he said. “And if not, we’ll have him on ‘The Halfcast Podcast.’”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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