UFC 221's Tyson Pedro wants new bonus for 'Walkout of the Night'

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.

As for his post-fight speech? There was some tough competition there. His brother-in-law may have showed him up in the post-fight celebration department.

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.’”

For complete coverage of UFC 221, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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