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UFC 213 bonuses: Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero take Fight of the Night honors

Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

LAS VEGAS -- The five-round battle between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero on Saturday night is destined to end up on the short list of Fight of the Year candidates.

So it almost goes without saying that UFC 213 main event took Fight of the Night honors.

Whittaker and Romero left it all on the cage at T-Mobile Arena, as Romero took the first two rounds before Whittaker gutted out the final three to earn a unanimous decision and win the interim UFC middleweight title. Both competitors will go home with well-earned $50,000 bonus checks.

There were likewise a pair of Performance of the Night bonuses. Rob Font looked sharp in his second-round submission victory over Douglas Silva de Andrade, while welterweight Chad Laprise put on an impressive show in his third-round TKO stoppage of Brian Camozzi. Both fighters will likewise take home $50K.

Announced attendance at T-Mobile Arena was 12,834 and the gate was $2.4 million.

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