After a string of injuries forced the cancellation of UFC 151, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 with UFC 152. This event features a light heavyweight championship bout between champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the fastest hands in mixed martial arts (MMA), Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. UFC 152 will also feature the first ever flyweight championship bout in UFC history.
This will be a pay-per-view event, however, the first three fights will be free on facebook.com/ufc. The remainder of the undercard can be seen free on the FX channel.
Main Card (pay-per-view)
Jon “Bones” Jones vs. Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort
Jon Jones – Rochester, N.Y, 6-4, 205 pounds, 16-1-0 (Light Heavyweight Champion)
Vitor Belfort – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-0,205 pounds, 21-9-0 (Former Heavyweight Champion)
At first glance, this looks like a huge mismatch in Jon Jones’ favor. However, Vitor Belfort is still one of the most dangerous and versatile men on the planet. To go along with some of the fastest hands in MMA, Belfort also brings a black belt in both judo and Caesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Jones should be able to use his huge size and reach advantage to keep Belfort at bay, but if Jones makes a mistake, Belfort will use his vast experience to make him pay.
It will be interesting to see if Belfort can still hang in the light heavyweight division. He is a natural at middleweight, but first won the UFC title in the heavyweight division.
Jones by TKO (Ground-N-Pound)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson
Joseph Benavidez – San Antonio, Texas, 5-4, 125 pounds, 16-2-0
Demetrious Johnson – Madisonville, Ky., 5-3, 125 pounds, 15-2-1
The first ever UFC flyweight champion will be crowned this Saturday night in this co-main event. This means that either Joseph Benavidez or Demetrious Johnson’s name will be forever attached to UFC history. With so much on the line, expect these little guys to give a great show. Keep in mind that flyweights are usually not known for knockouts, so unless there’s an early submission, this will be a five-round battle.
Johnson by Split Decision
Michael “The Count” Bisping vs. Brian “All American” Stann
Michael Bisping – Manchester, England, 6-2, 205 pounds, 22-4-0
Brian Stann – Tokyo, Japan, 6-1, 205 pounds, 12-4-0
Michael Bisping makes his move back to the light heavyweight division, a division in which he started his career after winning season three of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2006. It’s been three years since he’s fought as a light heavyweight, and he will be welcomed back by former light heavyweight champion Brian Stann. Even though their personalities are extremely different, they have a very similar MMA skillset.
This should be a great standup battle. Stann will move into a serious contender spot with an impressive win, while Bisping’s career will come to a halt if he loses.
This could easily be fight of the night.
Stann by Unanimous Decision
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill vs. Roger “The Hulk” Hollett
Matt Hamill – Loveland, Ohio, 6-1, 205 pounds, 10-4-0
Roger Hollett – Nova Scotia, Canada, 5-10, 205 pounds, 13-3-0
Matt Hamill, in an attempt to capture the UFC light heavyweight championship title, will come out of retirement to face Roger Hollett. Hollett will be making his UFC debut and could possibly capitalize on Hamill’s dreaded ring rust. This would be a great first win for Hollet over a big name, however, Hamill’s time away has probably helped him refocus on his career.
On a side note, Hamill has had a movie made about his life called “The Hammer.” This film mostly concentrates on his wrestling career in college, and becoming the first deaf national champion in college history. It is a must see for any sports fan.
Hamill by TKO (Strikes)
Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira
Cub Swanson – Palm Springs, Calif., 5-7, 145 pounds, 17-5-0
Charles Oliveira – Sao Paulo, Brazil, 5-10, 145 pounds, 16-2-1
Oliveira by Submission (Armbar)
Preliminary Card (FX)
Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhães
Magalhães by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham
Dunham by Split Decision
Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist
Benoist by Unanimous Decision
Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage
Hettes by Split Decision
Preliminary card (facebook.com/ufc)
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Baczynski by Submission (Guillotine)
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Gagnon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman
Noke by Unanimous Decision