UFC 156: Final Predictions for the Fight Night Bonuses

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2013

UFC 156: Final Predictions for the Fight Night Bonuses

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    UFC 156 is just a few hours away. 

    Headlining the event will be UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo defending his title against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. 

    Also featured on the card will be Alistair Overeem returning to take on Antonio Silva, Rashad Evans taking on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a light heavyweight bout and Jon Fitch taking on Demian Maia in a welterweight grappling duel. 

    The night should have many exciting moments. 

    Let's take a look at what should be three of the most exciting as I predict the "Fight Night Bonuses." 

Submission of the Night: Yves Edwards

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    Yves Edwards comes into tonight's fight with 17 submission victories. 

    Although the veteran is getting up there in age, he proved he still has a lot left in the tank, handing Jeremy Stephens his first knockout loss at UFC on Fox 5. 

    Edwards will have a tough challenge against Isaac Vallie-Flagg. 

    Vallie-Flagg has not lost a fight since 2007. 

    But each of his losses have come by submission. 

    If Edwards can pull off this win, it will be by submission. 

Knockout of the Night: Alistair Overeem

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    After missing all of 2012 thanks to a failed drug test, Alistair Overeem will be returning to the Octagon. 

    He will not have an easy task, though, as he takes on Antonio "Big Foot" Silva. 

    Silva is coming off of a win against Travis Browne, becoming the first man to defeat him. 

    Although Silva looked great in that fight, and taking Overeem's long layoff into consideration, Overeem still has the edge. 

    Four of Overeem's last five wins have ended in knockout. 

    Three of Silva's four losses have come by knockout. Overeem has the power and experience to end this fight with a KO. 

Fight of the Night: Aldo vs. Edgar

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    While there are many exciting fights on the card, the night's main event is my front-runner for fight of the night. 

    Tonight's bout between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar has the potential to either end quickly or go the full five rounds.

    We know Aldo is one of the best strikers in MMA history. 

    But while Edgar has had some close calls, he has never been knocked out or submitted. 

    This match up is a close one to call. But one thing's for sure, between Edgar's heart and Aldo's showmanship, this could be one of the best fights of the year.