UFC 152: Top Contenders for Each Fight Night Bonus

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

UFC 152: Top Contenders for Each Fight Night Bonus

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    UFC 152 is right around the corner and it marks the first UFC event in an extended period. Headlined by two title fights, it is one of the biggest events of the year.

    There will likely be a ton of excitement, which could make fight night bonus decisions tough. With so many exciting, talented fighters gracing the card, one can only speculate who is in the running for the bonuses.

    Here are the top contenders for each fight night bonus at UFC 152.

Submission of the Night: Charles Oliveira

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    Charles Oliveira is a well-rounded mixed martial artist, but his submission game is top notch compared to most other fighters.

    All of Oliveira's wins have come by submission, including over Darren Elkins (armbar), Efrain Escudero (standing rear-naked choke), Eric Wisely (reverse calf slicer) and Jonathan Brookins (anaconda choke). 

    Three of those wins were submissions of the night, and I expect the same when he meets Cub Swanson. Swanson is a good striker, but has lost via submission three times.

    Also in the running: Jon Jones, Vinny Magalhaes and Jim Hettes

Knockout of the Night: Brian Stann

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    Brian Stann is set to fight Michael Bisping, and should he touch his chin, he could be grasping a bonus check for that knockout.

    I actually predicted that Bisping will win this fight, but that does not mean Stann can't pull of the win. If he does, I think it would have to be by knockout.

    Bisping is very technical, but Stann has a solid chin. Therefore, the best chance at the knockout bonus goes to Stann.

    Also in the running: Joseph Benavidez and Evan Dunham

Fight of the Night: Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

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    The co-main event, in my eyes, has the best chance of earning fight of the night honors. For the first ever flyweight title, Joseph Benavidez meets Demetrious Johnson in what should be a fast-paced, high octane affair.

    The urgency for both men to earn the title will also add to the excitement. Whether the fight is finished or not, this one should be the best fight that the night offers.

    Also in the running: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann and Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira