Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners for UFC on FX 7

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2013

Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners for UFC on FX 7

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    The UFC returns to Brazil this weekend with UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping. The main event sees middleweight contenders Michael Bisping and Vitor Belfort do battle in an attempt to earn themselves a title shot at Anderson Silva.

    The card promises to be very exciting, with lots of Brazilian talent and prospects represented. These men will be looking to grab some extra bonus money to take home with them by securing Submission, Knockout or Fight of the Night honors.

    Here are the favorites to win each bonus award.

Submission of the Night: Yuri Alcantara

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    Surprisingly, I don't see many of the fights in Brazil ending by submission. Therefore, I will go with Yuri Alcantara as the favorite to win the Submission of the Night bonus.

    Alcantara is taking on a normal flyweight in Pedro Nobre, so he will have the size advantage. Once he gets him to the ground, he should be able to use his size and grappling prowess to secure some type of tapout.

    Expect it to be some kind of choke.

    Also in the running: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Knockout of the Night: Vitor Belfort

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    Many people have predicted that Michael Bisping will win on Saturday night, and that is not a bad pick to go with. However, Vitor Belfort is a dangerous, high-level opponent that has the ability to knock Bisping out.

    If Belfort KOs Bisping, it will be the best of the night, assuming Edson Barboza doesn't land another wheel kick.

    Belfort's hand speed and signature flurries are exciting, which could prompt the UFC brass to hand him a bonus check if he runs through Bisping.

    Also in the running: Edson Barboza, Diego Nunes, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Fight of the Night: Vitor Belfort vs. Michael Bisping

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    Even if the main event ends via knockout, it is probably going to be the Fight of the Night as well. Bisping and Belfort will put on a show for the crowd and be very competitive in the process.

    If you watched the staredown at the press conference yesterday, it is easy to see these two are already fired up to fight one another. Add to that the fact that both men are gifted strikers and you can expect a barnburner on the feet.

    I doubt this fight will be contested on the mat—rather, these two elite strikers will stand and compare their respective skills. It could be an early Fight of the Year candidate. 

    Also in the running: Thiago Tavares vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, Edson Barboza vs. Lucas Martins, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell