Vera and Grant each were the recipients of a $50,000 bonus, the UFC announced after Saturday’s event in Las Vegas. Vera took home a unanimous decision by scores of 29–27, 29–28, 30–26 after three bloody rounds.
Vera, a vet of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, cut up Grant with a series of elbows and took his British opponent’s best punches after suffering a decision loss to ex-champ Jose Aldo in his previous outing. Grant, a vet of TUF 18, had knocked out his two previous opponents but saw a three-fight winning streak snapped. Vera avenged a 2016 loss to Grant with his triumph.
Two fighters received “Performance of the Night” bonuses at the event: Matt Brown, who knocked out his former TUF 19 student Dhiego Lima with a well-placed punch in the second round; and Seungwoo Choi, who picked up a first-round stoppage of Julian Erosa one fight before Vera and Grant’s “Fight of the Night” on the main card. Both Brown and Choi took home an additional $50,000.