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UFC 175 post-fight bonuses: Weidman-Machida thriller earns 'Fight of the Night' honours

The fantastic main event title fight between Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida won ‘Fight of the Night’ honours while Ronda Rousey and Rob Font won performance bonuses.

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Although UFC 175 looked underwhelming on paper, the evening churned out a variety of entertaining battles and impressive stoppages, many of which warranted the $50, 000 bonus.

Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida took part in a fascinating five round thriller that featured a back-and-forth competitive affair to send the crowd home happy. While Weidman controlled the majority of the opening three rounds, Machida found his range in the fourth round and peppered his American adversary with a barrage of strikes that had the champ staggered at varying point in the final 10 minutes of the fight. It was the first legitimate test for Weidman, who went five rounds for the first time in his professional career.

Ronda Rousey picked up the second fastest title defence in UFC history when she demolished Canada's Alexis Davis in exactly 16 seconds of fight time. Rousey grabbed ahold of Davis, flipped into side control and proceeded to bombard her with punches until Davis was detached from her senses.

Rob Font made an emphatic statement in his UFC debut, as he knocked out veteran George Roop in the opening round of their match-up. It was one of the most memorable knockouts in recent memory, as Roop was hit with such impact that he hung in the air for a few seconds before collapsing to his knees. The fight also got a replay on the UFC PPV broadcast.

Performance of the Night: Ronda Rousey, Rob Font

Fight of the Night: Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida