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Lyoto Machida Was Paid Personally By Dana White

Lyoto Machida Was Paid Personally By Dana White

Back in 2008, Lyoto Machida made a name for himself by beating Tito Ortiz via decision.

After that, Machida went on to knock Thiago Silva and Rashad Evans out, earning himself the UFC light heavyweight title when he floored Evans.

That win over Ortiz was more important than just in determining the pecking order for “The Dragon,” however.

UFC president Dana White told Big Boy in an interview recently that he gave Machida a little something extra for the win.

“The only time in 13 years….(when Machida beat Ortiz) I actually wrote him a personal check,” White said. “The UFC paid him his show money, his win money and if he wins one of the bonuses he gets bonused.

“I literally bonused him myself.”

White and Ortiz had their issues, most of them becoming public over time. Ortiz is now with Bellator MMA, but has yet to compete due to a neck surgery.

You can hear the complete interview between White and Big Boy below. The UFC boss also talks about which fighters have personally threatened him.

Machida returns to action this Saturday night against Gegard Mousasi at UFC Fight Night.

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Fight Cards

Bellator 185: Mousasi vs. Shlemenko

Event Date: October 20, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till

Event Date: October 21, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida

Event Date: October 28, 2017
Broadcast: TBD

Bellator 186: Bader vs. Vassell

Event Date: November 3, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre

Event Date: November 4, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore

Event Date: November 10, 2017
Broadcast: Spike