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Bonus Watch! Potential UFC 184 'Rousey vs Zingano' award winners tonight in Los Angeles

UFC marches into Hollywood for a stellar match up of unbeaten women's bantamweight fighters tonight (Sat., Feb. 28, 2015). Before the women throw down atop the card, check out which fighters and fights have the best chance of cashing in on one or more of UFC's performance-based bonuses.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will host its first pay-per-view (PPV) at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., in more than five years when the injury-riddled UFC 184 fight card takes place tonight (Feb. 28, 2015) in Tinseltown.

Highlighted in the main event of the evening are two undefeated female bantamweights, champion Ronda Rousey and title challenger Cat Zingano. The match up has been a long time coming as "Rowdy" and "Alpha" were originally supposed to face off at UFC 168, following coaching stints on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18.

Zingano was last seen completing a breathtaking comeback over Brazilian striker Amanda Nunes, finishing "The Lioness" in the third round with vicious elbows. Rousey, meanwhile, hasn't fought since her drubbing of Alexis Davis at UFC 175 in July.

A co-main event of debuting former 18-time world champion boxer Holly Holm against former TUF star Raquel Pennington precedes the Rousey/Zingano affair. Holm finally makes her highly-anticipated Octagon entrance tonight after pulling out of a previously scheduled tussle with Pennington at UFC 181. Pennington looks to score the upset over the UFC newcomer and is coming into the meeting red-hot off of a dominating, first-round submission victory over Ashlee-Evans Smith in Dec. 2014.

There aren't many things in life that are promised, but tonight is sure to deliver plenty of knockouts and/or submissions. Let's take a look at the card in its entirety, and the fighters who have a good chance of earning performance bonuses.

Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano

Both of these women have 18 finishes to their credit combined. Need I say more?

"Rowdy" Ronda has become much more than just a devastating grappler and Judo practitioner. She has elevated her striking in recent fights and is now a complete fighter. Zingano promises to be in Rousey's face from the get-go, offering up a plethora of elbows and knees. But, she may not want to get too close, or she may end up on the mat, and tapping very quickly.

Holly Holm (Fighting Raquel Pennington)

Much has been made of Holm's future in the UFC and rightfully so. "The Preacher's Daughter" went 7-0 on the regional circuit, with all but one of those victories going the distance. Since turning to mixed martial arts full-time in May 2013, Holm now has the added benefit of knocking foes out with her legs. The 33-year-old's kicks are lethal -- Holm has dropped five women with kicks. Watch her dismantle Allanna Jones with a head kick in her Legacy FC debut (here).

Pennington has only been finished once in her career and is tough as they come, but Holm's striking is on a whole different level than anyone she's faced. Her only hope at survival is pressure, which is something that seven women already failed to do against Holm.

Jake Ellenberger vs. Josh Koscheck

Ellenberger and Koscheck are two eerily similar fighters. Besides both of them owning three-fight losing streaks, "Kos" and "The Juggernaut" possess heavy hands and elite-level wrestling. Ellenberger, though, has made much more use of his power than Koscheck has throughout his UFC career. Koscheck has completely abandoned offering up the threat of the takedown, while Ellenberger has one of the best shots in the welterweight division.

Make no mistake about it, if this fight ends early, the finish will likely come on the feet. And if I had to favor one fighter, it would be the younger, more explosive Ellenberger.

Alan Jouban (Fighting Richard Walsh)

The team Black House representative lost a curious decision to Warlley Alves in November, but remains one of the 170-pound divisions most skilled strikers. Jouban has seven career knockouts to his credit and is a dominant southpaw. His opponent.

"Filthy Rich," boasts a a solid all-around MMA game. He too is coming off of a suspicious loss.

It's difficult seeing this fight go to the ground, but with both men desperate to avoid back-to-back losses, we could be in store for a potential show stealer.

Tony Ferguson (Fighting Gleison Tibau)

"El Cucuy" has been on a tear since Oct. 2013, finishing the likes of Katsunori Kikuno and Abel Trujillo during that span. He's won four-straight fights overall. Ferguson's game is rounding into form and he is a danger to anyone on the feet or on the ground. The American Top Team stalwart Tibau is on quite a run himself, defeating notable names such as Pat Healy and Norman Parke over the last 12 months. The Brazilian is known for his strength and wrestling game, and has stifled even the quickest of fighters.

Ferguson typically does a good job of utilizing his range, and stays outside the striking distance of his opponents. He will have a five-inch reach advantage when he steps into the cage with Tibau, and I expect him to take full advantage of it.

And that wraps up the bonus watch for this event.

The women take center stage on the first PPV to feature an all-female main and co-main event. All kinds of streaks will be snapped tonight in Hollywood, and you best be watching when it happens.

Enjoy UFC 184!

And remember to tune into MMAmania.com's live coverage of "Rousey. vs. Zingano" later this evening RIGHT HERE.

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