UFC Fight Night 27: Predicting the Fight Night Bonuses
A busy week is on the doorstep of the UFC, and it kicks off in Indianapolis on Wednesday with UFC Fight Night 27. Headlined by a rematch between Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, it looks like it will be a fun card, especially if you are looking for something to watch Wednesday night.
A number of up-and-coming fighters are set to compete on the card. If you look closely, almost a dozen fighters from the last three years of The Ultimate Fighter are scattered throughout the card.
Let's now take a look at the card and see which fights may take the fight night bonuses.
Submission of the Night: Court McGee
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I don't think there will be many contenders for the submission of the night, so this one may come down to the locks.
Court McGee's strength is his wrestling and top game. He will be taking on Robert Whittaker, who is tough to take down but will struggle off his back against McGee.
McGee will soften up Whittaker with punches from the top, eventually finding a way to get his back and slap on a choke. It won't get any Submission of the Year nominees, but it will get the job done Wednesday night.
Also in the running: Kelvin Gastelum, Jason High
Knockout of the Night: Donald Cerrone
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Donald Cerrone's only blemishes in the UFC have been against top contenders Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis. When he has faced anybody lower than the top five, he has looked like a world beater.
Rafael dos Anjos has looked good in recent times, but he is taking on a tall, lanky striker with good takedown defense. When dos Anjos tries to engage on the feet with "Cowboy," he will be in for a long night.
Cerrone's kicks are wicked, as are his combinations when he gets comfortable. Look for a fast start from Cerrone, who will force dos Anjos into shooting on him.
Once Cerrone fights off the takedowns and discourages the Brazilian, he will break him with a beautiful knockout.
Also in the running: Dylan Andrews, Brandon Thatch, Abel Trujillo, Brad Tavares
Fight of the Night: Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampmann
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I have been saying it since the fight was announced; this is a Fight of the Year candidate. So is there any surprise why this will be the Fight of the Night?
Both Martin Kampmann and Carlos Condit are seemingly unable to have boring fights. Kampmann is never out of a fight, as seen in bouts against Thiago Alves and Jake Ellenberger. His robbery loss to Diego Sanchez was one of the best fights of 2011, despite its near one-sidedness.
Carlos Condit is a three-time Fight of the Night recipient in bouts against Rory MacDonald, Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks. His aggressive style always brings cheers from the crowd with his knockout sense and great grappling skills.
If this fight is boring, I will be perplexed. Don't expect that though.
Also in the running: Takeya Mizugaki-Erik Perez, Donald Cerrone-Rafael dos Anjos