Predicting the Fight-Night Bonuses for UFC 156
The UFC returns to pay-per-view with UFC 156, the Super Bowl card, this weekend. The event is headlined by a superfight between former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and current featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo.
The card is heavily supported by stars, including potential top heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem, former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans and potential No. 1 contenders Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez.
Here are fight-night bonus predictions for Super Bowl weekend.
Submission of the Night: Jacob Volkmann
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Bobby Green is a prospect that I am really high on, but taking on Jacob Volkmann in your first UFC fight is trouble any way you spell it.
Volkmann's wrestling is far superior to Green's jiu-jitsu, and he loves to use the D'Arce choke. With that in mind, he could find himself a nice bonus check.
That check may help cope with another possible suspension from his wrestling coach gig when he calls out Barack Obama in the post-fight interview.
Also in the Running: Dustin Kimura, Yves Edwards, Demian Maia
Knockout of the Night: Alistair Overeem
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Alistair Overeem has a big target to punch on Saturday. That target is Antonio Silva's head. Seriously, Silva's head is pushing beach-ball size.
Overeem is likely the best kickboxer in the division and Silva has been known to leave his chin up. A couple of Overeem bombs should be able to put "Big Foot" out with ease.
Also in the Running: Jose Aldo, Rashad Evans, Francisco Rivera
Fight of the Night: Ian McCall vs. Joseph Benavidez
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Flyweight fights are usually exciting, but throw Ian McCall and Joseph Benavidez into the cage with one another and you can almost guarantee it will be the Fight of the Night.
McCall is exciting any way you cut it. The man is well-rounded, aggressive and plays to the crowd.
Benavidez is half about entertainment and half about world-class skill. These two will bring out the best in each other and give us an amazing fight.
Also in the Running: Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar, Jon Fitch vs. Demian Maia, Francisco Rivera-Edwin Figueroa