UFC on FOX 4: Favorites for the "Fight Night" Awards

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2012

UFC on FOX 4: Favorites for the "Fight Night" Awards

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    If there is one thing that the UFC on Fox promises Saturday night, it's that there will be competition for the fight night bonuses. 

    With a number of quality finishers gracing the card, such as Joe Lauzon, Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua, it's going to be tough for Dana White to decide who wins the bonuses. That won't be a problem though, as White would rather have a tough time figuring out the bonuses than having a bunch of boring decisions that fail to entertain.

    Here are my favorites to win the bonuses at UFC on Fox.

Submission of the Night: Rani Yahya

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    This one is definitely the toughest one to call by far, but I am going to go with Rani Yahya to earn the best submission of the night.

    Yahya is a top-level grappler with dangerous submissions. He has a great arsenal of joint locks and chokes, which will aid him in his relentless search to finish the fight.

    Josh Grispi is a good grappler in his own right and skilled in submissions, but Yahya is one of the best. If the fight goes to the ground, Yahya will earn a tapout. 

    In the running: Ulysses Gomez, Phil De Fries, Phil Davis and Joe Lauzon

Knockout of the Night: Lyoto Machida

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    Most people are favoring Mauricio Rua to earn the best knockout of the night, but I am going to go with Lyoto Machida here to take the honors.

    Machida's karate style takes a while to figure out when fighting him, which will not fare well for Ryan Bader. I tend to think that Randy Couture is a better wrestler and striker than Bader, and even he got his head kicked off by Machida.

    It may not be a crane kick knockout like Machida had against Couture, but it will definitely be a memorable one. 

    In the running: Mauricio Rua and Mike Swick 

Fight of the Night: Joe Lauzon vs. Jamie Varner

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    As most people are predicting, the fight between Joe Lauzon and Jamie Varner has the most potential to be fight of the night.

    Lauzon is a fight night bonus machine, owning eight to his name. Of those, three have been "Fight of the Night" against the likes of Kenny Florian, Sam Stout and George Sotiropolous. All three of those fights resulted in losses for the Massachusetts native.

    With Lauzon's exciting style and Varner's mindset to put on a good fight, one does not have to think hard why many are predicting this fight to take home the honors.

    In the running: Ulysses Gomez vs. John Moraga, Cole Miller vs. Nam Phan and Mike Swick vs. DaMarques Johnson