UFC 164: Predicting the Fight Night Bonuses
We are within a week until one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory goes down. Lightweight champion Benson Henderson puts his belt on the line against a man who has already beaten him for gold in the past by the name of Anthony Pettis.
In addition to that marquee matchup, UFC 164 is loaded with talent from the top of the card to the very bottom. Two former UFC heavyweight champions in Frank Mir and Josh Barnett grace the co-main feature, while two exciting featherweights with title aspirations in Dustin Poirier and Erik Koch meet as well.
Here are the predictions for the fight night bonuses.
Submission of the Night: Dustin Poirier
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I honestly have no idea who is going to score a submission on this card. There are going to be decisions and knockouts on this card, in my opinion.
Dustin Poirier has shown an impressive submission arsenal in the past with taps of Max Holloway, Jonathan Brookins and Pablo Garza. When on the ground, "The Diamond" has shown to be one of the better featherweights at being active and securing holds.
Erik Koch, his opponent, has yet to be submitted, but I guess there is a first time for everything.
Also in the running: Josh Barnett-Frank Mir winner, Soa Palelei
Knockout of the Night: Ben Rothwell
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Remember when I said there would be a lot of knockouts and decisions? I lied, there will be a lot of decisions.
Ben Rothwell is taking on normal light heavyweight Brandon Vera in his home state. With him, Rothwell brings big-time power and the ability to end the fight with one strike.
Vera is a good striker himself, but if Rothwell touches his chin, it could be trouble. That being said, I don't carry the highest confidence with this pick as other cards.
Also in the running: Chad Mendes, Soa Palelei, Jared Hamman
Fight of the Night: Benson Henderson vs. Anthony Pettis
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What's that you say? Benson Henderson in a Fight of the Night! Poppycock, I say!
Seriously, there were a few fights that will vie for Fight of the Night, but the safe money says that the main event will win that. Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis put on an amazing fight the first time they threw down, and I expect the same when they meet Saturday.
Henderson's grinding style on the ground must take a whim of caution. Pettis can fight off his back.
On the feet, Pettis is a maestro. Henderson can hang, but let's remember that the Showtime Kick came about in their last encounter.
Also in the running: Dustin Poirier-Erik Koch, Josh Barnett-Frank Mir, Louis Gaudinot-Tim Elliott