UFC Nashville has come and gone. There were highs. There were lows. In the end, it was a great night of fights for fans watching. One issue arose in the aftermath of the event, however:
"Raging" Al Iaquinta returned to the octagon after a 2 year hiatus from the sport, quickly knocking out legend Diego Sanchez in the first round. He must have believed he had done enough to secure one of the elusive performance bonuses handed out by the organization. He did not earn such a bonus, as the UFC felt like this KO of the year candidate and this strangling of Dustin Ortiz topped Iaquinta's knockout victory. I can't argue with what the UFC chose in this case. I think Iaquinta had the third best finish of the night. With that being said, however, I feel it is time to change now performance bonuses are done. My solution is simple: reward awesome finishes! Everyone wants to see the highlight reel knockout and the sneaky submission, so have more incentives! If that means you give out three performance bonuses in one night, so be it. This also means that if there are no interesting finishes, fewer or no bonuses need to be given out. This is a good way to help further motivate fighters to put on a show in the octagon, and I think it is time for change.