UFC on Fox 9: Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2013

Apr 27, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Pat Healy (black shorts) celebrates defeating Jim Miller (not pictured) during UFC 159 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC will not rest. The company will put on another show this upcoming weekend. UFC on Fox 9 will come live from Sacramento, CA and is headlined by flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger Joseph Benavidez.

The card is stacked from top to bottom, despite the fact it has been hampered by injury. In fact, a welterweight bout between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown was scrapped late last week due to an injury to Brown.

With that, the UFC limps forward into the finish line for this card. Here are the predictions for the bonuses.


Submission of the Night: Pat Healy

Pat Healy was originally supposed to square off with Jamie Varner, but an injury has brought in hot lightweight Bobby Green on short notice.

Green is running into a hot commodity that has a similar, but more refined skill set in Healy. Healy's wrestling is better and he has a suffocating top game that can stifle Green's jiu-jitsu.

Don't be surprised if Healy pulls off a solid submission win. He did it to Jim Miller and he can definitely do it to Green. 

Also in the running: Scott Jorgensen, Joe Lauzon


Knockout of the Night: Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes is arguably the second best featherweight in the world. He has shown that in his dominating performances over everybody minus Jose Aldo.

Mendes faces a tough test in Nik Lentz, but in looking at the matchup, both men have similar skill sets.

With that being said, Mendes is a better wrestler than Lentz, and wrestling is Lentz's biggest strength.

Mendes will use his wrestling to stay upright and tag Lentz. That may earn him a nice little bonus check in time for Christmas. 

Also in the running: Sam Stout, Edson Barboza


Fight of the Night: Demetrious Johnson-Joseph Benavidez

The first time Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez fought, it was a fun, competitive fight. The second time should be just as good.

Both men are incredibly fast and skilled, which is why they are ranked as the top fighters in the world. They are going to log one of the best fights in the second half of the year and get paid handsomely for it. 

Also in the running: Michael McDonald-Urijah Faber, Joe Lauzon-Mac Danzig, Sam Stout-Cody McKenzie, Abel Trujillo-Roger Bowling