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UFC Vegas 24 bonuses: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum wins ‘Fight of the Night’

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UFC Fight Night: Whittaker v Gastelum Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Lopsided as the scorecards were, Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum delivered consistent excitement over five rounds, making the UFC Vegas 24 headliners shoo-ins for performance bonuses.

The middleweight headliner on Saturday at UFC APEX was awarded “Fight of the Night” honors after ex-champ Whittaker pitched a shutout on scorecards, earning unanimous 50-45 tallies over one-time interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum. Both competitors took home extra $50,000 bonus checks.

Whittaker afterward called for a rematch with Israel Adesanya, the man who beat him almost a year and a half ago to claim the middleweight title.

There wasn’t much competition for other bonuses, as just two of the 10 fights ended with a finish and one was a rare technical decision after Juan Espino’s foul ended a heavyweight bout with Alexander Romanov. But two did earn $50,000 checks for “Performance of the Night.”

First, Gerald Meerschaert rebounded from a one-punch knockout loss to Khamzat Chimaev with a submission of Bartosz Fabinski, his sixth such win in the octagon and the 24th in his pro career.

And second, Tony Gravely captured a bonus for a second-round stoppage of Anthony Birchak in the card opener on ESPN+.