The UFC is making its return to Brazil on Sunday, as UFC Fight Night 38 is the host of a rematch between Dan Henderson and Mauricio Rua. The first fight was a classic and saw Henderson take a decision in a bout that could have gone either way.
The show hosts a bevy of Brazilian talent and men invading the country in hopes of ruining their homecoming. There are some interesting matchups throughout the card, which should make for some good competition for post-fight bonuses.
As usual, let's take a look at who may win each bonus. The Performance of the Night bonuses will be treated as Knockout and Submission of the Night.
Performance of the Night No. 1: Cezar Ferreira
Cezar Ferreira is being groomed as the next Brazilian star due to him winning The Ultimate Fighter Brazil and the UFC's insistence on giving him good matchups. He has another one here in CB Dollaway.
Ferreira is the protege of Vitor Belfort and has trained with Xtreme Couture in the past. He is well-versed in counter wrestling, which should affect how Dollaway fights here.
Ferreira is vastly superior on the feet and should be able to catch Dollaway coming in at some point. That knockout will be spectacular and earn him a nice little bonus.
Also in the running: Diego Brandao, Mairbek Taisumov
Performance of the Night No. 2: Rony Jason
Steven Siler is a tough cookie. The kid always comes to fight and is an upset machine.
However, I don't see it here. Rony Jason is coming off a devastating loss and suspension, which will make him hungrier than ever. He is superior on the ground, which makes a grappling match look like something he will dominate.
When Jason grounds Siler, it will be nothing but ground-and-pound and submission attempts. At some point, Jason will show why he is touted the way he is, tapping out Siler and taking home some extra cash.
Also in the running: Leo Santos, Jussier da Silva
Fight of the Night: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio Rua
How can you not go with the main event for Fight of the Night? Even if it's not half the fight the first one was, it will still be another awesome bout.
Henderson and Rua both have granite chins. Henderson and Rua both throw major heat on the feet. Both men are legends who know this fight is huge in determining where they go with their careers next.
That's why it will be the Fight of the Night. Both men want this fight badly and will go out and prove how badly they want it, earning each other a nice little bonus in the process.
Keep your eye on this fight.
Also in the running: Fabio Maldonado-Gian Villante, Rony Jason-Steven Siler