Before every major MMA event https://mmainsight.com lays down our predictions for the fights, but in a new addition we’re also going to predict the recipients of the bonus awards as well, so without further ado here’s who we think will be scooping up the extra cheque’s following Saturday night’s UFC 131: Carwin Vs Dos Santos show.
Fight Of The Night:
Donald Cerrone was the ‘Fight Of The Night’ king over at the WEC, earning five such awards over the course of his 10 fights there. He showed he can carry that form into the UFC when he scooped up the FOTN bonus in his UFC debut against Paul Kelly back in February.
His opponent this time around, Vagner Rocha is a BJJ stylist which also makes this fight a viable candidate for Submission Of The Night, but I think the two men may cancel each other out in that regard leading to some entertaining scrambles and striking skirmishes instead which makes me think this could grab the FOTN bonus.
Prediction: Donald Cerrone Vs Vagner Rocha
Knockout Of The Night:
Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos are two of the hardest hitters in the sport who have left a trail of KO’d opponents behind them on their march to the top of the heavyweight ladder. The fact that they are also fighting in the main event will help their chances of picking up the bonus if either one can produce a big finish as it’ll be the last thing people see before they head for the exits.
The tougher task is picking which fighter is more likely to walk away with the bonus. To tell the truth I’m still undecided about who’s going to win this fight (check back on Friday for the full set of fight predictions), but for now I do think that between the two Carwin is the most likely to produce a devastating ‘KO Of The Night’ worthy finish since he has a nasty habit of sending his opponents mouthpieces flying across the Octagon when he hits them cleanly.
Prediction: Shane Carwin
Submission Of The Night:
Any time BJJ wizard Demain Maia fights you have to figure he’s good value to scoop up the Submission bonus. In fact in his first five visits to the Octagon the Brazilian finished each of his fights by some form of sub, and scooped up four bonus awards as a result.
Lately he’s been trying to change things up by striking a lot more, but it’s not proven to be particularly successful and against a wrestler like Mark Munoz now seems like a good time for him to revert back to his strong suit.
Prediction: Demain Maia