UFC on Fuel: Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2013

UFC on Fuel: Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners

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    The UFC makes its return to the United Kingdom this weekend with an exciting card full of prospects, rising stars and established veterans.

    Headlined by interim champion Renan Barao and challenger Michael McDonald, this card promises to be full of fireworks and surprises. Add to that the fact it is on free TV, and you have yourself a great way to spend Saturday morning and afternoon.

    Here are the favorites for the fight night bonuses.

Knockout of the Night: Jimi Manuwa

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    Perhaps the MMA community is investing too much admiration in Jimi Manuwa in his young UFC career, but if you watched his debut fight against Kyle Kingsbury, you'd feel the way many who have seen him feel.

    Manuwa is a power striker, plain and simple. He doesn't just go for the knockout; he goes for decapitation and broken facial bones.

    Cyrille Diabate is a good striker himself, but he will be taller, meaning Manuwa's overhand punches may land easier. That may spell a highlight reel knockout on home soil for Manuwa.

    Also in the running: Renan Barao, James Te-Huna, Terry Etim

Submission of the Night: Matt Riddle

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    The entertaining Matt Riddle has been a brawler in the past for the reason of entertaining fans. However, I think he is smart enough to know that striking with Che Mills is a horrible idea.

    Riddle is the superior wrestler, grappler, submission artist, and well, just plain superior on the ground. If you thought his overturned submission win over Chris Clements was a good submission, wait until you see what he pulls out in hostile territory.

    Also in the running: Ulysses Gomez, Terry Etim, Gunnar Nelson

Fight of the Night: Renan Barao vs. Michael McDonald

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    The main event of the evening should be the best bout on the card. Both Renan Barao and Michael McDonald are young, exciting fighters with aggressive styles.

    Both men will come at one another with great fury. The fans will eat this fight out of the palms of their hands.

    Whoever wins, the fans will be the real winners. I think they may put in an early Fight of the Year candidate.

    Also in the running: Dustin Poirier-Cub Swanson, James Te-Huna-Ryan Jimmo