Before we get to the UFC 152 preview, I would like to start a new trend. Jon Jones is the current UFC light heavyweight and is now the proud winner of the first ever ‘unswole’ award in history. Here at SwoleScience.com, we respect the athletes for their dedication and ability. Jon Jones might be the most physically gifted fighter in the history of the sport. However, he turned down a fight after his opponent got injured, and he turned down a fight against a man in a lower weight class who was coming off a loss – Chael Sonnen, who was willing to take the fight on eight days notice. As the champion of the weight class and the most popular face in the sport, it is your job to take this fight and make an example of Chael Sonnen. Chuck Liddell would have never turned down a fight, Matt Hughes wouldn’t have, and Randy Couture most definitely wouldn’t have. At the end of the day Jones voiced his opinion and therefore must deal with the windfall, but in all seriousness it is great to see such a talented champion finally defending his title after the UFC was forced to cancel their first ever event- UFC 151.
Now that my biased journalism is finished, on to the preview. Jon Jones will now be defending his title, against Vitor Belfort after a series of injuries, and unaccepted fights. This fight card offers two champion fights – Light heavy weight (Jones v. Belfort) and the inaugural Flyweight championship (Johnson v. Benavidez). The main card is stacked with explosive top level fighters, most of whom will be battling it out for either a title or be placed in title contention. Read more below for the full main card preview…
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
September 22, 2012
10pm ET/7pm PT
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Preliminary Fights on FX Network. Main card on Pay Per View
Main Card (PPV)
Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort (Light heavy weight title fight)
Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (Flyweight title fight
Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann
Matt Hamill vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira
Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes
TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham
Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist
Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage
Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson
Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman
Main Card Preview
The first fight is a featherweight contest between Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson. Swanson has looked dynamic in his last couple bouts with back-to-back TKOs. Oliveira was equally impressive coming off of consecutive submission victories. In the classic striker versus grappler matchup, look for a barnburner with a pretty good chance that this one won’t reach the judges’ scorecards.
The second fight of the main card marks the return of Matt Hamill. He is taking on a relatively unknown Canadian, Roger Hollett. Hamill is a fantastic wrestler with some pretty good striking. He also is the only man to hold a defeat over the champion Jones. Albeit by DQ after getting massacred, but a victory over Jones is still something to tell your kids about. Hollett is a well-rounded fighter, with a sub par submission game coming in riding a five fight win streak.
The third fight on the card is one of the most exciting ones for me. The fighter everyone loves to hate, Michael Bisping, is taking on an American war hero, Brian Stann. Bisping is easily a top five middleweight who can strike, wrestle, grapple and talk smack with the best of them. The only knock on Bisping just happens to be the specialty of Stann, punching power. Bisping has been seen to have pillows for hands and Stann will take your head off if you stand in front of him. I’m definitely pulling for a Stann KO similar to Bisping’s last KO defeat at UFC 100. This one could go to the judges because Bisping likes to dance, and is more experienced than Stann, but it should be exciting.
The co-main event is the long awaited finale to the UFC’s flyweight tournament. Joseph Benavidez is taking on Demetrious Johnson for the UFC’s first ever 125 pound belt. Benavidez is stronger and better rounded; Johnson is faster and has a heart of a lion. This one could go either way and has great potential to take the fight of the night award. The team alpha male product, Benavidez is the bigger name and bigger fighter, but you can never count out Demetrious Mighty Mouse Johnson.
The main event of evening pits the champion, Jon Jones, against the youngest ever UFC heavyweight tournament champion, Vitor Belfort. Jon Jones has the most reach in the UFC and has unique striking and strong wrestling. Vitor possesses the great equalizer, dynamite in his hands. The old cliché of the punchers chance has never been truer in a title fight. Vitor Belfort is coming in after joining the Blackzilians and Jones’ former teammate, Rashad Evans. This fight will very likely end in fireworks and can’t wait to see it.
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