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UFC on Fox 7: Predicting the Fight of the Night Bonuses

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2013

UFC on Fox 7: Predicting the Fight of the Night Bonuses

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    The UFC makes its triumphant return to FOX this weekend, as lightweight champion Benson Henderson defends his belt again against final Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez. It is a bout that will decide who is the best 155-pounder in the world.

    Also on the card are a number of top names in the sport, including Frank Mir, Nate Diaz and Chad Mendes. They will provide the buildup to the main event that will see contenders and pretenders separated from one another.

    Here is a quick look at the favorites to win each fight-night bonus.

Submission of the Night: Nate Diaz

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    If there is one submission fighter you can always count on for a fun tapout victory, Nate Diaz may be your man. Though he has utilized his boxing much more as of late, he is still always good for one of his patented submissions.

    He faces Josh Thomson, who has never been submitted. That doesn't mean there isn't always a first time for some things. 

    That being said, Thomson has a great chance of winning. Many aren't going to give him a shot, but he has the tools to pull off the upset.

    However, Diaz is high quality and durable. Perhaps he will walk away with an extra few bucks on his check.

    Also in the running: Frank Mir, Francis Carmont, Myles Jury 

Knockout of the Night: Jordan Mein

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    Jordan Mein recently took the UFC by storm when he crushed Dan Miller, a guy who had never been finished in his career. Miller had taken on some of the best middleweights in the world and Mein made him look like a rookie.

    He steps in on short notice to take on the suddenly surging Matt Brown, who has looked like a whole new man as of late. Brown's knockout of Mike Swick in his last fight shot him up the rankings and gave fans hope that he could be on his way to great things.

    Brown is durable, but Mein is a beast. Expect Jordan to pound him into a trance and earn a nice fat bonus.

    Also in the running: Daniel Cormier, Anthony Njokuani 

Fight of the Night: Tim Means vs. Jorge Masvidal

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    The best fight of the night in many people's minds may be one of the barnburners taking place on the actual FOX card, but I think it may take place on FX.

    Strikers Tim Means and Jorge Masvidal are set to collide in what could be one of the most entertaining fights of April. Both men are aggressive, powerful and throw caution to the wind—and this formula may have fans out of their seats and screaming at the top of their lungs.

    One man may go down with the loss, but they may go out with a nice extra lump of cash in their pocket.

    Also in the running: Benson Henderson-Gilbert Melendez, Nate Diaz-Josh Thomson, Matt Brown-Jordan Mein 

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