In just a few short days the UFC will invade the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA for UFC 177. The main card is headlined by the highly anticipated rematch between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barao.

While this card may not be stacked from a “name” standpoint, there are some really great matchups, meaning the competition for the UFC’s “Fight Night” bonuses is going to be fierce.

For those who are still new to the sport, the UFC generally awards four $50,000 “Fight Night” bonuses; two for “Performance of the Night” and the two fighters in the “Fight of the Night” each receive a bonus.

Performance of the Night

The POTN bonuses can be difficult to predict because as we have seen time and time again, in this sport anything can happen. But we can still speculate about what fighters to keep on eye and who is most likely to win the awards at UFC 177.

Dillashaw/Barao Winner – Whoever walks away with the bantamweight gold has a great chance at also taking home one of the POTN bonuses. In their first bout Dillashaw didn’t just go home with the title, he also earned one of UFC 173’s POTN bonuses.

Henry Cejudo – Cejudo will be making his UFC debut at UFC 177 and he has a tall order ahead of him getting matched up with Scott Jorgensen. But the former Olympic gold medalist will be more than ready for the challenge. As arguably the best wrestler to ever transition into MMA, Cejudo has a great skill set to build on. A victory over a veteran like Jorgensen would put the division on notice.

Fight of the Night

Unlike the POTN the FOTN can be a little easier to predict; as the saying goes, “styles make fights.” The fight most likely to deliver the fireworks at UFC 177 is the main event between Dillashaw and Barao.

Their first meeting was an instant classic and it earned both fighters the FOTN honors for UFC 173. Expect to see the same great action this time around; the only difference is Dillashaw won’t be sneaking up on anybody. Under the tutelage of Duane Ludwig, Dillashaw has become a different fighter and he showed the world just how dangerous he is when he stopped Barao in the fifth round at UFC 177.

Not only will Dillashaw vs Barao II be even better than their first meeting, it will end up being the “Fight of the Year” for 2014.

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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.