UFC on FOX 5: Predicting the Fight-Night Bonuses

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2012

UFC on FOX 5: Predicting the Fight-Night Bonuses

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    UFC on Fox 5 takes place this weekend with a great amount of hype behind it, with the lightweight title up for grabs in the headliner between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz.

    The card is absolutely stacked from top to bottom. It kicks off with a former title challenger, the main card boasts former and future champions and the main event promises to be a classic.

    Here are the favorites to win each fight night bonus.

Submission of the Night: Mike Swick

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    UFC on Fox 5 has the potential for a lot of good striking matchups, so it appears that submission grappling may lay by the wayside.

    If there is one definite on the card, though, it is that Mike Swick's guillotine choke is one of the best in the business. He is facing Matt Brown, a guy who has fallen to that choke a few times in his career.

    Swick has to be the easy favorite to grab the Submission of the Night bonus check.

    Also in contention: None. This is the only perceivable fight that will end in submission.

Knockout of the Night: Jeremy Stephens

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    There are a number of people who could walk away with the Knockout of the Night, but Jeremy Stephens' raw power and brutality often makes his knockouts stand apart from others.

    Facing another striker in Yves Edwards, Stephens will counter technical skill with his brawling style to keep Edwards tentative. At some point, he will connect and put Edwards' lights out.

    Even if it doesn't get the bonus check, it will still be spectacular. 

    Also in contention: Tim Means, Scott Jorgensen, Mauricio Rua/Alexander Gustafsson winner.

Fight of the Night: Benson Henderson vs. Nate Diaz

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    I still haven't decided who will win the main event title fight between Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz, even though I am leaning toward Henderson. Either way, this will likely be the Fight of the Night winner.

    Diaz is never in a boring fight and always entertains with his aggressive style. Henderson is another guy who is rarely talked about for the fun wars he engages in.

    Combining their styles could turn into an all-time classic.

    Also in contention: Mauricio Rua vs. Alexander Gustafsson, Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens, Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan, Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert.