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Bonus watch! Potential UFC 193 'Rousey vs Holm' award winners tonight in Melbourne dives into four of the five main card tilts emanating from inside Etihad Stadium tonight (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015) to predict which fighters are likely to come out with finishes ... and when.

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It's almost time for the big shebang that is UFC 193, which takes place tonight (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015) inside Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, featuring a colossal five-fight main card spearheaded by women's Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (12-0) against top-ranked contender Holly Holm (9-0).

Indeed, two of the most dangerous forces in women's mixed martial arts (MMA) will trade punches and takedowns for up to 25 minutes -- though that's not very likely -- when "Rowdy" takes to the Octagon for her seventh title defense against the former boxing champion.

In addition, a women's Strawweight title bout occupies the co-main event spot of the evening as 115-pound queenpin, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, faces off with challenger and No. 8-ranked fighter Valerie Letourneau.

Elsewhere on the night's pay-per-view (PPV) line up, Light Heavyweight and Middleweight bangers resort to fisticuffs when the likes of Mark Hunt, Antonio Silva, Robert Whittaker and Uriah Hall engage in some modern warfare.

Between all 10 fighters on this monumental -- and likely record-breaking card -- there will undoubtedly be some finishes and fine performances. Who will be the four to take home a sweet $50,000 "Performance of the Night" bonus?

That's what is here for. Below are the four expected parties who will more than likely take home a few extra shekels.

Uriah Hall

Career finishes: Nine technical (knockout), 1 submission

"Prime Time" finally appears to be hitting his stride after a rough patch following his successful stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17.

Hall meets Whittaker in a clash of hard-hitting Middleweight monsters. The two are entirely different strikers, but they both possess the ability to end a fight with one strike.

The Jamaican is a Taekwondo specialist first and foremost, with his biggest weapons being his rangy kicks. Hall is deadly accurate and now appears to be rising to the occasion after his incredible finish of former K-1 kickboxer and Strikeforce champion Gegard Mousasi.

More important, his hands are becoming just as potent as his feet. Look at the mess that became Ron Stallings' face last January after he was mauled with vicious elbows.

Whittaker, on the other hand, is more of your prototypical boxer. He's not as fancy as Hall, but if he lands, chaos normally ensues. The 31-year-old isn't a big fan of leg kicks and is known for the power he boasts in his left hook. With Hall, he'll want to avoid mixing it up too much and it's my belief that he won't.

Result: Hall via first-round technical knockout (Knockout of the Night)

Antonio Silva

Career finishes: 14 technical (knockout), three submissions

Alright, here's my unpopular pick on the fight card and my reason will soon become clear.

"Bigfoot" put an end to a skid in which he hadn't won a tilt since a Feb. 2013 come-from-behind win over Alistair Overeem. The 36-year-old pummeled Soa Palelei with uppercuts and knees at UFC 190 this past August, which helped mask the remnants of past knockout losses to Frank Mir and Andrei Arlovski.

At 36, he's five years younger than his next opponent, Mark Hunt. The pair previously engaged in one of the most entertaining Heavyweight bloodbaths in UFC history back in Dec. 2013.

"Super Samoan" is no stranger to punishment, like his fellow competitor Silva, having suffered what many believed to be a prolonged beating handed down by killer Croatian-American Stipe Miocic earlier this year in May.

A simple thought as to what might ensue for him as he gets ready to take on Silva for the second time screams pure violence and that's not something you necessarily need to be enduring in your forties.

Just ask Dan Henderson. Sorry, Dan.

It seems very befitting that these two are going to war for a second time close to Hunt's home in what will be his 11th appearance under the ZUFFA umbrella. And it should also be his last.

It's not that I want to see him go, but it's almost too good of a send-off to have. Unfortunately, I see Silva taking this one.

Result: Antonio Silva via first-round technical knockout (Performance of the Night)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Career finishes: Four technical (knockout), One submission

There's a reason "Joanna Champion" has such a bad-ass reputation and why "Trouble" is pegged as a longshot to capture gold.

Jedrzejczyk is all but one title defense into her reign as ruler of the Strawweight class, but has so far been untouchable. I mean, literally, untouchable.

The Polish Muay Thai magician has outstruck opponents 169 to 29 over the course of her last two Octagon jaunts, according to Fight Metric.

She can get her hands dirty, or fight at range. Basically, the Octagon is her playground.

Letourneau, over her last three UFC appearances, hasn't looked that great. Plain and simple.

The Canadian was repeatedly tagged by Elizabeth Phillips in a Bantamweight bout in June 2014 and taken down by a former boxer in Jessica Rakoczy last April. No matter what way you spin it, it's just not looking good for Letourneau.

She's a tough cookie, capable of taking enormous amounts of punishment, but there's a minimal chance she makes it into the championship rounds.

Result: Joanna Jedrzejczyk via second-round technical knockout (Performance of the Night)

Ronda Rousey

Career finishes: Three technical (knockout), Nine submissions

What's there that Rousey can't do? Very little.

The 28-year-old has been on the top of her game for since debuting in UFC in Feb. 2013 and never looked back, even in the midst of movie projects and boatloads of appearances.

There might come a point in time when the Olympic bronze medalist in Judo packs it in and calls it a day, but for now she's content putting a beatdown on all who stand in her way. Rousey's hands might've come a long way since her first title defense over Liz Carmouche, but "Preacher's Daughter" is the most accredited striker she will ever face.

Unless this fight ever gets off the ground.

Forget about the fact that Holm has zero finishes in the Octagon -- she can make your day a living hell from range. The 34-year-old has the ability to pick apart opponents with ease, utilizing her sound kickboxing, but it remains to be seen what kind of counter puncher she is and you can bet that Rousey won't be inclined to give her much breathing room.

There's only one of two ways this fight can go: Either Holm makes a mistake early, which Rousey capitalizes on, or, she weathers an early storm, but is finished vis-a-vis Miesha Tate at UFC 168.

Result: Rousey via second-round armbar (Submission of the Night)

That does it for bonus predictions. As you can see, we're in for a good time tonight, so saddle up, grab some good food and brews, and take in the fights.

For more on the UFC 193: "Rousey vs. Holm" fight card and live results, including play-by-play updates, click here and here.

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