The bout with the highest stakes was also the evening’s best at UFC 213.
Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero earned “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round battle in the evening’s headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Whittaker shook off a slow start and a bum leg to outwork Romero down the stretch to capture a unanimous decision triumph and the interim middleweight title in a tense back-and-forth battle.
Elsewhere, Rob Font received a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his second-round submission of Douglas Silva de Andrade in a featured bantamweight clash. Font mixed his attacks well before landing a takedown in the second frame. From there, he was able to secure a guillotine when Andrade attempted to return to his feet. He maintained the hold while being slammed to the canvas to earn the tapout at the 4:36 mark.
Finally, Chad Laprise made his move from lightweight to welterweight profitable, garnering a $50,000 performance bonus for a third-round stoppage of Brian Camozzi in a preliminary scrap. A straight right hand to the liver put Camozzi on the defensive early in round three, and from there, Laprise swarmed with knees and punches to get the finish 1:27 into the frame.