UFC on Fuel TV 8: Most Likely Candidates for Knockout of the Night
The Japanese fans in attendance at UFC on Fuel TV 8 should be prepared for some good ole fashioned violence. This card is chock full of fights primed for a highlight-reel finish.
With knockout artists littered all over the card, the competition to take home the coveted Knockout of the Night bonus is sure to be fierce.
Here are the fights that are most likely to produce some memorable brutality and line the pockets of the winner with some extra cash.
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Dong Hyun Kim
This is reliant on Bahadurzada earning the victory over Kim here.
This is a classic striker versus grappler matchup, and Bahadurzada is 1-for-1 in his UFC career in going for the Knockout of the Night. He earned the honor just 42 seconds into his promotional debut against heralded veteran Paulo Thiago.
Bahardurzada is a devastating striker, and he has a great sense of timing. His knockout of Thiago was a perfect example of his precision striking. Kim is an excellent wrestler who will look to control distance, but a win for Bahadurzada would likely come by knockout.
If he's able to land a finishing blow, it'll automatically enter the conversation as the Knockout of the Night.
Stefan Struve vs. Mark Hunt
One thing is for sure in this fight—someone's going down.
Twenty-five-year-old Stefan Struve has 30 fights to his name. One has gone to decision. Mark Hunt has gone to decision three times in 15 career fights, but only one of those fights has taken place in the last eight years.
Each fighter has earned the honor once in his career, and Struve has earned Fight of the Night honors five times in the UFC. This fight is almost guaranteed to entertain fans, and Dana White always appreciates that.
As long as Struve doesn't win by submission, one of these guys is going to have a strong case for Knockout of the Night.
Brian Stann vs. Wanderlei Silva
Throughout his career, Wanderlei Silva has been the kind of fighter who keeps coming forward until he or his opponent is unable to continue.
In his PRIDE days, that more or less meant that he just kept attacking until he mowed his opponent down. Now that he's a little long in the tooth, it's a little less than a 50/50 proposition.
Stann has yet to win a Knockout of the Night bonus, but nine of his 12 wins have come by way of knockout, and he's going against the suspect chin of Silva.
Either way, fans are just about guaranteed to see a knockout finish.