UFC Fight Night 34 is the launch point of the new UFC Fight Pass, which is a digital network that will connect MMA fans with a massive inventory of MMA action.
The card is headlined by Tarec Saffiedine and Hyun Gyu Lim in a pivotal welterweight bout. It matches up an Asian prospect, which the card heavily features, and a former Strikeforce champion that is making his UFC debut.
The card should be good and feature some top talent in the Pacific-Asian area. Here are the predictions for the bonuses come fight night.
Submission of the Night: Tatsuya Kawajiri
The UFC got a huge signing when it inked Japanese superstar Tatsuya Kawajiri. He is an amazing featherweight who could throw his name into contention with just one impressive win.
He takes on Sean Soriano, a coveted prospect who is yet to lose in eight fights. With that being said, Soriano is running into a buzz saw that will humble him on the ground.
Who wins SOTN?
Kawajiri will ground Soriano in the co-main event and slap on an impressive submission. It will earn him a bonus check that will buy him something nice in the new year.
Also in the running: Dustin Kimura, Mairbek Taisumov, Leandro Issa
Knockout of the Night: Russell Doane
I feel there will be a fair amount of submissions on the card and not a lot of knockouts. In my upset pick of the night, Russell Doane will not only win but score the Knockout of the Night.
Doane is a powerful 135-pounder taking on a grappler who has been knocked out in the past. His best chance of winning his touching Issa's chin with a meat hook of a strike.
Who wins KOTN?
If he doesn't land the knockout blow, he will likely lose. However, I see him sprawling and brawling his way to a brutal striking finish.
Also in the running: Max Holloway, Dave Galera, Katsunori Kikuno
Fight of the Night: Tarec Saffiedine vs. Hyun Gyu Lim
If one thing is for certain, it's that the main event will be an interesting one. Both Lim and Saffiedine can throw some leather.
Saffiedine is the more technical striker, while Lim is more powerful. If this turns into a kickboxing bout, it could be immensely exciting.
Who wins FOTN?
Saffiedine is the more well-rounded guy but will entertain a fight on the feet. That will make this the best, most interesting bout of the night (or morning for us).
Also in the running: Max Holloway-Will Chope, Dustin Kimura-Jon delos Reyes, Luiz Dutra-Kiichi Kunimoto