On Saturday September 20, 2014 the UFC heads to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan for UFC Fight Night 52. This event will air live on UFC Fight Pass and this is arguably the best card the UFC has offered via their streaming service.

The feature bout of the evening is a heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and former PRIDE favorite Mark Hunt. The co-main event also features a PRIDE alum in Japanese legend Takanori Gomi as he takes on hot prospect Myles Jury.

This card has a lot of potential to be fun for fans, and there are some great matchups. While most want to pick winners, I like to go a step further and identify who I feel will be taking home the $50,000 bonuses that the UFC hands out at every event.

Performance of the Night

Miesha Tate – Rin Nakai is an undefeated Pancrase champion making her UFC debut and she couldn’t have gotten a worse draw. Tate is as good as they come and she needs some statement wins if she wants to get back into the title picture. Nakai is a talented fighter with a bright future in this sport but Tate is on another level and she is hungry. Expect Tate to win in impressive fashion.

Myles Jury – Anytime a fighter takes on a legend like Gomi people are going to put your performance under a microscope, so that fighter is going to have to show up and make a statement. Jury is one of the best prospects in all of MMA and he is ready to put the lightweight division on notice. Jury needs a signature win and sadly Gomi is going to be the victim. Getting a win over Gomi in Japan is exactly what Jur y needs to do to put himself on the map.

Fight of the Night

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Amir Sadollah – There are two fights that have real “Fight of the Night” potential; one is Hunt v. Nelson and the other is Akiyama v. Sadollah. When the dust settles it will be Akiyama and Sadollah going home with the extra scratch. I am hesitant about this pick because both men have not competed in two years but their styles matchup well and they often find themselves in entertaining bouts. I won’t be surprised at all if Hunt and Nelson deliver a “Fight of the Year” performance but I’m going with my gut and it says Akiyama and Sadollah all the way.

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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.