UFC 170: Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2014

Daniel Cormier before fighting Frank Mir in a UFC heavyweight mixed martial arts fight in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, April 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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UFC 170 is quickly approaching, as the pay-per-view event battered by injury limps to the finish line. That being said, there are still some pretty intriguing affairs and fighters to keep an eye on.

The event is headlined by the women's bantamweight championship between Ronda Rousey and Sara McMann. Both are former Olympians who earned medals in the Games, McMann in wrestling and Rousey in judo.

There are three bonuses up for grab as usual. Let's predict who will win each, with the two "Performance of the Night" bonuses likely going to the best knockout and submission.


Performance of the Night No. 1: Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier is always a threat in a fight. Now, he has a late replacement opponent whom he is legitimately heated to fight.

Cormier takes on former wrestling partner Patrick Cummins. Cummins is vastly inexperienced compared to Cormier, especially when it comes to high-level opposition.

Cormier can handle himself on the feet or ground and pound an opponent. There is a good chance that happens, earning Cormier an extra check in the process.

Also in the running: Erik Koch, Yosdenis Cedeno


Performance of the Night No. 2: Ronda Rousey

One fact is certain when Ronda Rousey fights: She wins by submission. That makes her the most dangerous grappler in all of WMMA. 

Rousey takes on Sara McMann, who is a great wrestler but not as submission savvy as Rousey. Not only that, but Rousey has submitted everyone she's faced, including some of the better grapplers at 135.

McMann will put up a good fight, but Rousey is just too dangerous. She will tap McMann out and add to her fattening back account.

Also in the running: Aljamain Sterling, Josh Sampo-Zach Makovsky winner


Fight of the Night: Jessica Eye vs. Alexis Davis

For the most part, the women's MMA bouts in the UFC have been great. Jessica Eye and Alexis Davis both fit the mold of exciting fighters, which should make the featured undercard bout a must-see fight.

Davis showed significant growth in her standup last fight against Liz Carmouche, which adds to her great submission game. Eye is tough as nails and well-rounded, which will complement Davis's game well.

These ladies will put on a battle that rivals anything of Spartan history. They will then be compensated for putting on such a great show.

Also in the running: Ronda Rousey-Sara McMann, Stephen Thompson-Robert Whittaker, Mike Pyle-TJ Waldburger