(Dave Mandel/Sherdog)Who Will Win the $600,000 “Fight Night” Bonuses? Christian Larusson December 9, 2015 Events, News, Previews, Promotions, Spotlight, UFC The biggest fight weekend of 2015 is coming up, and UFC always give out ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses at the post-fight press conference. This weekend is no different, and with that knowledge, the amount of $600,000 is going to be awarded throughout three days, and up to twelve people can get it. Let’s see who is going home with some extra benjamins in this week’s ‘Who Will Win the “Fight Night” Bonuses?’. UFC Fight Night 80 Fight of the Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant is a clear lock for fight of the night, unless Namajunas pulls out something that catches Vanzant by surprise early, which is a possibility. This is going to be a scramble and anger-filled fight. Don’t confuse Vanzant friendly persona in the media for the ferocious nonstop ‘always-coming-after-you’ fighter she is. This is a tough fight for both parties, but I believe they will be rewarded greatly for it. Performance of the Night: Sage Northcutt: The young star won his only fight in the UFC in less than a minute with explosiveness and non-stop attacking. This fight against Pfister is going to be a little different, take a little longer, but the end will look similar as his fight with Francisco Trevino. This hype train is not stopping for Pfister, and he will look very good in victory. Tim Means: ‘The Dirty Bird’ was creating some buzz on his own up until he lost the Mat Brown fight after accidentally getting poked in the eye by Brown. This time he is facing the ‘Doomsday’, John Howard, and I believe Means when he has told people in interviews that he has trained his wrestling for almost every day in the weeks leading up to this fight. Howard’s takedown and how he mixes them up with striking can shut many good strikers down, but if Means can keep this on the feet, I believe he will get the finish and a extra check. The Ultimate Fighter Finale – Team McGregor vs. Team Faber Fight of the Night: Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes: This is most likely a contender fight in featherweight, but it is flying so under the radar this weekend. It will be tough for them to be heard with all the bells and whistles McGregor is going to bring to UFC 194. Both of them have fought and lost to Aldo before, and I think they know they need to put in an excellent performance to make fans consider them for another shot at the title. The opportunity is there to be the star of the night, it will be up to them to take it. Performance of the Night Tony Ferguson: You can’t deny the streak Ferguson is riding. He’s coming off two straight ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses against Gleison Tibau and Josh Thompson, where he outclassed them both. This fight could land him on a seven-fight win streak in what is widely recognized to be one of the toughest division to get a win streak going. He will be the aggressor against Barboza, who often needs to collect himself before giving out that deadly offensive, something ‘El Cucuy’ won’t give him time to do. I see a finish after Ferguson letting Barboza up from a guillotine-choke attempt, just to finish him off on his feet. Joe Lauzon: This is going to be his 20th fight for the UFC, and he has collected 13 bonuses in his current 19 bouts. Just from a betting perspective, Lauzon looks like lock for another one. Coming of a knockout over Takanori Gomi in his most recent fight, Lauzon is 3-1 in his last four fights, and he will have to work to get it against the tough Evan Dunham. He can earn it by submission and walk back home with summery of 14 “Fight Night” bonuses after 20 appearances. UFC 194 Fight of the Night Weidman vs. Rockhold: Maybe it’s just wishful thinking, but I believe their competitive nature is so primal that these two don’t want to give a inch to the other guy to reflect any symbolism of defeat. I can see this be a show-stealer in the way Lawler vs. MacDonald was the last time McGregor overshadowed a card in UFC 189. The audience might get mesmerized by the drama involved in the main event, but the echo of Weidman vs. Rockhold will go on past the event and beyond. Performance of the Night Conor McGregor: Well, if this man is right and he knocks out Aldo in the first round, not only will the Irish crowd there go ballistic, he will be walking away with a humongous paycheck, with pay-per-view points coming after, and a bonus check of $50,000 as gravy. Max Holloway: The featherweight is riding the Hawaiian wave that appears to not be slowing down anytime soon. He’s fighting Jeremy Stephens who not only, never backs down, but if you want to take a victory from him, you have to earn it often through sweat, blood and tears. However, Hollaway is just on a fantastic roll lately, he is to tactical and precise, we can’t forget his fight against Cub Swanson were he showed the world his potential. Beside the winner of Edgar and Mendes, one day earlier, I believe a another title contender will rise from this performance, and look very good doing it.