Outside of its less than stellar main event, UFC 178 is the kind of fight card MMA fans have been clamoring for. This card is stacked with great matchups and bouts with title implications.

With so many great fights on the schedule, picking who will take home the UFC’s $50,000 bonuses for “Performance of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” is a tall order, but this how I see it playing out.

Performance of the Night

Yoel Romero—Romero is one of the scariest fighters in the middleweight division today. With a blend of world class wrestling and devastating knockout power, Romero is a huge threat to the middleweight title picture and he will be facing one of his most dangerous opponents to date when he takes on Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy is a tremendous fighter, so an impressive win for Romero would turn a lot of heads in the division.

Conor McGregor—There is no fighter in the sport today with more hype around them than McGregor. His brash personality and exciting style have made him an instant fan favorite in the UFC and his future in this sport is as bright as it gets.

Dustin Poirier is a great test for McGregor and an emphatic win puts him right in the featherweight title picture.

Fight of the Night

There are five legitimate “Fight of the Night” caliber matchups, making this far and away the most difficult post-fight bonus to pick. Of the five bouts with potential there are two that really stand out; the obvious one being the lightweight co-main event between Donald Cerrone and Eddie Alvarez and the not-so-obvious welterweight bout between Patrick Cote and Stephen Thompson.

As much as I firmly believe that Cote vs. Thompson has the potential to steal the show at UFC 178, I just have pick Cerrone vs. Alvarez as “Fight of the Night.” Alvarez is an exciting fighter to watch by his very nature.

Considering he is making his UFC debut, I expect him to bring a little extra to the table. Then you have Cerrone, who since joining the UFC has been a bonus hoarder. Cerrone has fought in the UFC 14 times and he has taken home 10 bonus checks including bonuses in each of his previous four bouts.

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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.