UFC 157: Predicting the Fight Night Bonuses

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

UFC 157: Predicting the Fight Night Bonuses

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    This weekend, the UFC will make history when it hosts the first ever women's fight and main event in the Octagon at UFC 157. Newly minted women's champion Ronda Rousey defends her belt when she meets the scrappy, ultra-tough Liz Carmouche in the main attraction.

    Also gracing the card are light heavyweight contenders Dan Henderson and Lyoto Machida. Both men are looking toward a future date with Jon Jones with a win.

    Ahead of this historic event, let's take a look at who could potentially be the recipients of the fight night bonuses.

Knockout of the Night: Lavar Johnson

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    Power and violence—few fighters possess those qualities more than heavyweight animal Lavar Johnson.

    It just so happens that "Big" Johnson may add another victim to his highlight reel this weekend.

    Johnson meets up with Brendan Schaub, who is similarly powerful on the feet but has a very suspect chin. With that in mind, it is really hard to see Johnson not smoking Schaub with some sort of knockout blow.

    It's not the hugest feat to knock out Schaub, but this will be in ridiculous fashion, earning Johnson some extra cheddar in his wallet.

    Also in the running: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson winner, Robbie Lawler, Urijah Faber

Submission of the Night: Ronda Rousey

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    Was there ever any doubt?

    Ronda Rousey is 6-0 with six armbars and 9-0 with nine armbars if you count her amateur bouts. The former Olympic judoka is a nasty submission artist, and she may be entertained in a grappling affair when she meets Liz Carmouche.

    Carmouche is best remembered for almost upsetting Marloes Coenen before getting caught in a triangle choke. If Coenen can tap out Carmouche, Rousey can too.

    Also in the Running: Court McGee, Kenny Robertson, Michael Chiesa

Fight of the Night: Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson

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    Two clashing styles will meet in the co-headliner, when power striker/wrestler Dan Henderson tests his chin against the blitzing, unorthodox style of Lyoto Machida. This fight has the makings of an all-time classic.

    Henderson has a granite chin, which will be greatly tested against Machida. He also possesses the one-shot KO power that could potentially put "The Dragon" into hibernation.

    Remember when Henderson fought Mauricio Rua? This fight has the potential to be just as good, assuming both men engage each other.

    Also in the running: Urijah Faber vs. Ivan Menjivar, Sam Stout vs. Caros Fodor, Kenny Robertson vs. Brock Jardine