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The Ultimate Fighting Championship was in full swing Saturday night down in Jacksonville, Florida, for UFC on ESPN 8 and four fighters on the marquee earned $50,000 in bonus money.
Yadong Song and Marlon Vera both took home the coveted “Fight of the Night” bonus as the bantamweights tore into each other for three rounds to open the main card. Yadong (16-4-1, 1 NC) earned a unanimous decision over his counterpart in a war that could have easily gone to either man. Vera scowled at the judges’ verdict and refused to shake the Chinese combatant’s hand after the result was announced.
Cortney Casey pocketed a “Performance of the Night” bonus check as “Cast Iron” rolled Mara Romero Borella into a slick armbar, landing the submission in the opening frame of their strawweight encounter. The other POTN honor went to Miguel Baeza as he flattened longtime veteran and favorite Matt Brown with punches just 18 ticks into the second stanza.
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