TUF Nations Finale: Predicting the Fight Night Bonus Winners

Riley Kontek@@BigRIlesMMAFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2014

Apr 21, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Mark Bocek (right) fights John Alessio in a lightweight bout during UFC 145 at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

The UFC is set to put on two events this week, the first of which goes down on Wednesday. It will be the finale of The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia

The card is headlined by Michael Bisping and Tim Kennedy, who have had a war of words leading up to the bout. The card also features the finals of the reality show and the coaches bout between Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke.

Who will take home the bonuses when all is said and done? Let's take a look.


Performance of the Night No. 1: Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping is one of the best middleweights in the world. He is also highly motivated to beat up and shut the mouth of Tim Kennedy.

Bisping has good counterwrestling and superior stand-up. That is a formula for beating Tim Kennedy, as we saw in his fight with Luke Rockhold.

The fight is also five rounds. That means Bisping can dissect Kennedy on the feet and finish him later in the bout.

The knockout will be solid, and it will earn "The Count" a few extra bucks.

Also in the running: Nordine Taleb, Dustin Poirier


Performance of the Night No. 2: Mark Bocek

Mark Bocek was set to have a fun fight with Evan Dunham. Unfortunately, Dunham went down with an injury and was replaced by normal featherweight Mike de la Torre.

Bocek is a wizard on the ground and has submitted some tough guys. De la Torre has been submitted in the past and is fighting up a weight class, which gives Bocek a great advantage.

I don't see many of these fights ending in submission. Therefore, Bocek could be in a short line for the submission bonus.

Also in the running: Mitch Gagnon


Fight of the Night: Sarah Kaufman-Leslie Smith

The first fight was amazing. The second bout promises to bring even more excitement.

Leslie Smith vs. Sarah Kaufman at Invicta FC 5 was a barn burner on the feet that went to a decision. It was an action-packed 15 minutes.

Kaufman won the fight, but it wasn't without controversy. Smith is rarely in boring fights, so this one should be very interesting.

Both ladies will haul in some extra money in a great fight.

Also in the running: Patrick Cote-Kyle Noke, Sam Stout-KJ Noons, Dustin Poirier-Akira Corassani