UFC on Fox: Favorites to Win the Fight-Night Bonuses
Chicago is the location for the next UFC on Fox event this weekend, when UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defends his title against top contender John Dodson. It is a main event that should attract a big crowd.
Also on the card are a number of other top contenders in their respective weight divisions. This includes Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone, Ricardo Lamas and Erik Koch.
Here are the favorites for the fight night bonuses on a card that could be very competitive for each paycheck.
Submission of the Night: Pascal Krauss
It doesn't look like there will be many submissions on the card on Saturday night, but there is a high chance that Pascal Krauss will put opponent Mike Stumpf away via tapout.
Stumpf's debut outing in the Octagon saw him get manhandled on the ground by T.J. Waldburger, which is nothing to be ashamed of. However, he didn't show a great amount of potential on the mat, which seems to play into Krauss' hands.
It may be by default or it may be a good tapout win, but I would put my money on Krauss to nab a fight night bonus via submission.
Also in the running: Rafael Natal, Mike Russow
Knockout of the Night: Ryan Bader
A lot of the guys on the card in Chicago either have good chins or will be savvy enough to stay away from getting knocked out.
On the prelims, Ryan Bader takes on an aged Vladimir Matyushenko. The Belarusian is a good competitor, but past his prime. Bader is the young bull here with more powerful standup on his side.
It may be mid-fight or toward the end, but Bader's power will break through the chin of "The Janitor." It will be glorious if it happens.
Also in the running: Clay Guida, Erik Koch-Ricardo Lamas winner, Glover Teixeira-Quinton Jackson winner
Fight of the Night: Anthony Pettis vs. Donald Cerrone
Many people think the main event between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson will earn the Fight of the Night bonus, and that is a solid assertion. However, a different main-card bout between Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis is sure to create fireworks.
The WEC alums are among the best lightweights in the world and are almost mirror images of one another. They are technically sound strikers with an underrated grappling game.
Wherever this fight takes place—likely on the feet—it will be the best of the night. Plus, the winner could be on the doorstep of a title shot.
Also in the running: Demetrious Johnson-John Dodson, Quinton Jackson-Glover Teixeira, TJ Grant-Matt Wiman
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