UFC Vegas 53: Vera Doubles Up on Fight of the Night, Brazilian Duo Earn Performance Bonuses

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Rob Font and Marlon Vera, UFC Vegas 53LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 30: (L-R) Rob Font punches Marlon Vera of Ecuador successful a bantamweight combat during the UFC Fight Night lawsuit astatine UFC APEX connected April 30, 2022 successful Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

It was a bully nighttime for South American fighters astatine UFC Vegas 53, and for Brazilian athletes successful particular.

The Fight Night card, overmuch maligned up of the event, proved action-packed from commencement to finish. Four finishes successful 5 preliminary paper fights started the nighttime strong, and the enactment thankfully carried implicit to the main paper connected ESPN.

For the astir part, adjacent the fewer fights that went the region entertained. Andrei Arlovski vs. Jake Collier, the evening’s co-main event, was much entertaining than it had immoderate close to be, with “The Pitbull” proving that astatine property 43, his chin remains intact. He ate a fig of hard shots from Collier, but successful the extremity walked retired with a divided determination win. That, by the way, was UFC combat fig 38 for Arlovski, placing him 2nd all-time down Jim Miller.

Earlier connected the card, Natan Levy and Mike Breeden fought successful a amusive lightweight scrap that had Fight of the Night potential. At slightest until the main lawsuit betwixt Rob Font and Marlon Vera rolled around. That bantamweight showdown blew conscionable astir everyone’s socks off; if you weren’t entertained, you were astir apt dead.

Font started beardown successful the opening round, falling backmost connected his boxing and pouring connected sizeable volume. Vera, however, survived, and from rounds 2 to four, dropped Font astatine the extremity of each round. While helium couldn’t find the finish, Font would participate circular 5 looking thing similar Frankenstein’s monster. More impressively, each 1 of those knockdowns by Vera had been from a antithetic method.

Ecuador’s Vera would travel distant with the unanimous determination win, and doubled up connected Fight of the Night. That’s aft Font came successful dense astatine Friday’s weigh-in. As a result, Vera gets his opponent’s bonus connected apical of his own.

Performance of the Night bonuses astatine UFC Vegas 53 went to Joanderson Brito and Francisco Figueiredo. The Brazilian brace some showed up and showed out, with Figueiredo submitting Alex Da Silva with a kneebar aboriginal successful the archetypal circular of their flyweight fight.

Featherweight Brito, meanwhile, made abbreviated enactment of 145 lb staple Andre Fili connected the main card, securing the TKO decorativeness successful conscionable 41 seconds.

Brito and Figueiredo volition pouch an further $50,000 for their efforts. Vera, meanwhile, gets a afloat $100,000.