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UFC Quick Quote: Andre Winner doesn't want 'Fight of the Night' -- he wants 'Knockout of the Night'

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

"To tell you the truth, I don't want to get Fight of the Night bonus. I want Knockout of the Night. I'm ready for a big war, but I'm also going out there to put him away. I want to knock him out. But again, I'm ready for anything in this fight, and will go in full force to get that "W". I'm going out there to knock him out."

-- Go ahead and file this under "obvious statement is obvious." Still, the chances of Andre Winner's prediction (via coming to fruition are plenty thanks to his opponent at UFC 132 on Saturday night (July 2), Anthony Njokuani. That's not because Njokuani is prone to taking forced naps inside the cage so much as he's not exactly a major threat to turn the opening fight of the evening into wrestlemania in Las Vegas. That's what happened to Winner when he squared off against Nik Lentz, a tedious three-round decision defeat that had the powers that be shaking their heads. His follow-up performance, a submission loss to Dennis Siver, was equally uninspiring. That's why his winning "Knockout of the Night" is not only something he wants, it may actually be something he needs. The waters at lightweight are crowded and there's little room for anyone with a three-fight losing streak. Njokuani has also dropped three of his past four. I don't want to say this is a "loser leaves town" match but two tickets are waiting at the hotel and the destination isn't paradise. So, with everything to gain (and everything to lose) for both fighters, who ya got -- Andre Winner or Anthony Njokuani? And will the English bomber come through on his prediction? Opinions, please.

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