There are two roads that could be created after the UFC returns to Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson.

One road brings us to what would be the most anticipated rematch since Anderson Silva tried to reclaim his middleweight title against Chris Weidman. A strong majority of fans want to see Alexander Gustafsson challenge light heavyweight champion Jon Jones again after Gustafsson nearly dethroned Jones at UFC 165. A win over Anthony “Rumble” Johnson would make Gustafsson the clear-cut contender for Jones’ next title defense.

The other road would nearly complete one of the most impressive comebacks in mixed martial arts history. It’s been more than three years since Johnson was released by the UFC for continually missing weight in welterweight and middleweight bouts. After his release by the promotion, Johnson missed weight again before finally moving up to 205 pounds. It seems to have worked out so far. “Rumble” is undefeated in the light heavyweight division has finished five of seven of his opponents at that weight.

Both Gustafsson and Johnson have an incredible ability to finish and either would be likely to receive a Fight Night bonus if they end the fight.

Let’s predict who will take home some extra cash on Saturday night.

Performance of the Night

Everybody knows that if Johnson knocks Gustafsson out, $50,000 is being directly deposited into his bank account. It would be a lock for an award if it occurred. The same can be said for Gustafsson. If he locks in a submission or obliterates Rumble, the bonus is his.

Besides those two guys, there are some names to watch who have loads of potential to be awarded a bonus.

Sultan Aliev is the first name that comes to mind. As mentioned in the Madman’s Fantasy Guide, Aliev is absolutely dangerous. He’s a Russian Combat Sambo National Champion and since losing for the first time in his career to a verteran Doug Marshall in Bellator, Aliev has won four straight all via finish. He’s got bonus award written all over him.

The other guy to look out for is Nikita Krylov. Granted, he’s yet to win back-to-back fights in the UFC, he also hasn’t gone to decision. For Krylov, it seems to be finish or get finish. All 17 of his career wins come via either knockout or submission. Likewise, all four of his career losses also come via knockout or submission. I’m not a mathematician, but I am pretty sure that comes out to 100%. Good odds for a finish here, which would put him in the running for an award.

Fight of the Night

Besides the obvious main event, which is probably as likely as any to be Fight of the Night, the bout that seems to be the likely choice for this award would be Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi.

Henderson has already won the award three times because he turns fights into brawls. He’s been in his fair share of wars, but maybe that has taken too much of a toll on him and he’s vulnerable to being finished.

Mousasi has slick striking, but hasn’t knocked an opponent out since 2011, so I don’t see him finishing Henderson on the feet. I believe both will look to keep the fight standing, however, and turn this into a war. It should be a blast.

About The Author

Blane Ferguson
Associate Editor/Senior Staff Writer

Blane can trace his MMA roots, like many others, to the finale of the first Ultimate Fighter season between Stephan Bonnar and Forrest Griffin. After watching that incredible fight and cleaning the local Blockbuster of any recorded UFC pay-per-views they had, Blane was hooked on watching the sport and he carried that passion with him to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Blane is a four-year broadcasting veteran of ASU's campus radio including a founder and co-host of the station's combat sports show, The Final Round.