The UFC descends on to the suburbs of Denver, Broomfield, Colo. to be exact, with it’s next Fight Night this Saturday for an interesting, yet unconventional welterweight matchup.

Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson is temporarily moving up to 170 pounds to try and push Brandon Thatch off the welterweight ladder that Thatch is beginning to climb. Henderson is coming off his first consecutive loss of his career, while Thatch has looked like violence personified in his two wins within the promotion.

Besides the main event, there are fighters are on the card ripe with potential to win an extra $50,000 from Dana White, so let’s take a closer look and try to predict who’s wallet will be getting significantly fatter this weekend.

Performance of the Night

Brandon Thatch has already received one bonus in his two UFC bouts, in his debut as a matter of fact, and going up against a smaller opponent in Benson will create another opportunity to put that power on display.

Henderson’s ground game, however, is elite and a submission in his first fight within the division would guarantee a bonus check.

The co-main event also features two guys who are far from strangers when it comes to bonus awards. Cole Miller has five total bonuses (1 KO, 4 submissions) on his resume, a sixth wouldn’t surprise MMA fans at all. Max Holloway has two performance awards including his most recent knockout finish over Akira Corassani.

My guess is that Holloway finishes Miller and adds another performance award to his list.

As for the other check to accompany Holloway’s, I’m going to say Ray Borg submits Chris Kelades in the main card’s opening fight.

Fight of the Night

This award, in my opinion, is the hardest to predict. You never know when two fighters are just going to look at each other and say, “screw it, let’s give them a show.”

I’m going to give the main event the nod here though and let me explain. I think Benson takes Thatch into deep waters, Thatch realizes he has to get the finish to avoid a decision loss, and the final round is chaos as both fighters just start swinging for the fences. That’s how I see this fight going. The UFC is in desperate need for a Fight of the Year-caliber bout to help fans forget about failed drug tests and scratched headliners.

Don’t expect a boring main event from Broomfield on Saturday night.

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.