01 Jan UFC Vegas 13 bonuses: Raoni Barcelos, Khalid Taha earn Fight of the Night for thrilling scrap
Raoni Barcelos and Khalid Taha stole the show on Saturday.
The two bantamweights engaged in a thrilling three-rounder, with Barcelos pulling out a convincing decision victory despite Taha exhibiting plenty of heart and toughness. For their efforts, Barcelos and Taha won the UFC Vegas 13 Fight of the Night award and an extra $50,000 each.
UFC Vegas 13 results: Raoni Barcelos wants ranked opponent after winning slugfest with Khalid Taha
Giga Chikadze and Alexandr Romanov won their first Performance of the Night bonuses.
Chikadze scored his first UFC finish, making short work of late-notice replacement Jamey Simmons. Now 5-0 inside the octagon, Chikadze shined after their bout was bumped up to the main card (following the cancellation of Brendan Allen vs. Ian Heinisch), landing a spectacular head kick that led to the finish at the 3:51 mark of round one.
UFC Vegas 13 video: Giga Chikadze blasts Jamey Simmons with devastating head kick to earn first-round knockout
Romanov won his second UFC fight and improved to 13-0 as a pro with a first-round submission of veteran Marcos Rogerio de Lima. The undefeated heavyweight took de Lima to the ground and attacked with a forearm choke, forcing de Lima to pass out with just 12 seconds remaining in the first round. He has won all of his fights by knockout or submission.
UFC Vegas 13 video: Alexander Romanov pulls off 10th first-round finish with forearm choke