UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort will be airing live on PPV from Toronto, CA this Saturday, 9/22/12.
Cub Swanson (17-5) vs. Charles Oliveira (16-2-1): This should be a hell of a PPV opener. Both guys bring it and try to finish – Swanson has 13 finishes in 17 wins, Oliviera 15 finishes in his 16 wins. Oliveira has looked good since moving down to 145, and I think he continues his strong run at 145 here. Prediction: Oliveira by submission.
Matt “The Hammer” Hammill (10-4-2) vs. Roger Hollett (13-3): Hammill is coming out of retirement (all of one year) for this fight against Hollett, wo is making his UFC debut. Hammill’s a big, strong man but does he still have it in his heart to fight? Hollett, the hungrier man wanting to make an impression in his new organization could just pull off the upset. Prediction: Hollett by decision.
Michael “The Count” Bisping (22-4) vs. “The All American” Brian Stann (12-4): This should be another good fight. Stann – a decorated war hero – has dynamite in his hands, and can knock anybody out. Bisping is a tough customer though, and has only lost by KO once (albeit spectacularly); his other 3 losses were by decision. Stann was completely destroyed on the ground by Chael Sonnen in his last fight, but Bisping’s wrestling is nowhere near Sonnen’s, so I don’t think that will be a huge factor. I think this stays on the feet, and Bisping’s lack of power will be his undoing. Stann is going to knock him out. Not as spectacularly as Hendo knocked Bisping out. But he’s gonna knock him out. Prediction: Stann by KO
To crown the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion: Joseph Benavidez (16-2) vs. “The Mighty Mouse” Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1): I expect a fast paced, very exciting fight here, as these two clash in the tournament finals for the UFC Flyweight title. Don’t expect a knockout, but expect a lot of quick and fast movement on the feet and on the ground. I think this will be a very close fight, but Johnson will pull it out. Prediction: Johnson by decision
For the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship: The Champion – Jon “Bones” Jones (16-1) vs. “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort (21-9): The champ is a huge favorite, as he should be. But to discount Vitor’s chances completely are insane. If he’s right in the head, he’s scary. He has the fastest hands in MMA, I think, and his power is a factor. When he doesn’t have that self confidence though… well, he gets a kick in the face like Anderson Silva did to him. Here’s the thing though – we know how mentally tough Anderson Silva is. We have not seen Jones have to dig deep just yet, and after the UFC 151 cancellation drama, he might not be all there mentally either. I still think Bones wins, but a Belfort upset would not surprise me either. Prediction: Jones by KO