The Fight Night cards held in Brazil are usually hard to predict, both in terms of who will win the fight and who would win the bonus money because of the number of prospects on the card.

In the main event, you have former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida taking on C.B. Dollaway and in the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao returns against Mitch Gagnon. In those two fights alone, we already have 17 combined bonus awards among those four fighters.

In regards toward picking a bonus winner from the preliminary card, it truly can be like drawing a name out of a hat. It’s hard to predict fighter performances with people who have nothing to lose.

Much like your local weatherman around this time of year, we do our best to predict what’s going to happen here at The MMA Corner. Except that, instead of snowfall (or the usual balmy 65 in Phoenix for Jose and I), we try and predict the recipients of an extra $50,000 courtesy of Dana White.

Performance of the Night

It isn’t much of a stretch, but I could easily see one of the two former champions taking one of these awards home.

Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao have plenty of highlight reel finishes in their vault. I expect one of these guys to add another after Saturday night, which would keep at least one of them in the title mix in their respective division.

Moving on…

Erick Silva will either finish Mike Rhodes in less than a few minutes or lose in an all out war, I don’t think he’s capable of anything else. If the former happens, I’d bet my lunch money that he’d be in the running for a performance of the night bonus.

The same goes for Rhodes, if he can surprise us all with a knockout or submission over Silva, he’d make a good case for that bonus check.

Along with one of the former champions becoming wealthier on Saturday, I’m going to predict that Silva will heavy his pockets as well and show us some of that famous word: potential.

Darkhorse candidate: Yuta Sasaki has finished his past six opponents and has a dangerous submission game. Don’t be surprised if he submits Leandro Issa and is awarded for his effort.

Fight of the Night

To me, this award is the most difficult to predict. We don’t really know when two fighters are going to decide to have a war. We can only really look at their past performances and see which fighter’s style lend themselves toward excitement.

Besides the main event, which could very well take home Fight of the Night, the one bout I see with two exciting fighters with the potential to put on a show is Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Patrick Cummins.

Neither Cummins nor Carlos have tasted much defeat in their young careers with Cummins’ lost to light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier being the only loss between the two.

That being said, I wouldn’t think either of them will go down quietly if a loss is on the horizon.

Darkhorse candidate: Vitor Miranda vs. Jake Collier features a highly touted kickboxer from K-1 in Miranda and a fighter with only one of his nine career fights going to a decision in Collier. This bout has everything you’d need to start of the night in exciting fashion.