UFC 152: Main Card Predictions

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Mark J. Rebilas-US Presswire

UFC 152 is almost here and MMA fans are waiting in anticipation to see a great card filled with some amazing fights.  UFC 152 takes place this Saturday night (September 22, 2012) and features a pivotal light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort.  There hasn’t been much trash talk leading up to this fight, but it should be an exciting fight that has the potential to end in dramatic fashion.

Also on the card is the first ever UFC flyweight championship between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.  Both of these fighters will be trying to make history in the 125lb division, which has the makings to be an all-out war.  Let’s now take a look at the UFC 152 main card in its entirety and make some predictions.

Starting off the UFC 152 main card, Cub Swanson will be taking on Charles Oliveira.  This fight should be an exciting featherweight bout, and the winner is one step closer at a potential title shot.  Cub Swanson will look to land something big early on,  and he just may get it.  He has knockout power in his hands, and Charles Oliveira has shown in his recent fights, namely against Donald Cerrone, that he is prone to getting hit.  Final prediction: Cub Swanson wins via TKO in the first round.

Next up is a bout between Matt Hamill and Roger Hollett.  Matt Hamill was previously retired before taking this fight, but he must have been hungry to get back in the cage, which will only be to his detriment.  It’s hard to judge Hamill’s mentality for coming back to the UFC, which is why I have to lean with Hollet.  Hollet will win the exchanges standing, and he will get back up to his feet when Hamill takes him down, which will earn him the decision nod.  Final prediction: Roger Hollet wins via unanimous decision.

A dynamic middleweight bout takes place next between Brian Stann and Michael Bisping.  Both of these fighters have amazing skills standing up, which should make for an exciting bout from start to finish.  Michael Bisping is the better striker technically, and Stann has the better power.  Technical striking will overcome power striking in this bout, and Bisping will keep his distance and pick apart Stann while staying away from Stann’s power.  Final prediction: Michael Bisping wins via unanimous decision.

The co-main event features the first ever UFC flyweight championship between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.  This fight features two of the fastest fighters in the UFC, which has the makings to be fight of the night.  Coming into this fight, Benavidez has the advantage in power and that will work in his favor.  Benavidez will win the stand up battle and may even lock up his patented guillotine.  Final prediction: Joseph Benavidez wins via submission in round 2.

The main event is next up and features a light heavyweight championship between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort.  Both of these fighters have very fast striking abilities, and also are competent on the ground.  Jon Jones comes into this fight with more tools, however, compared to Belfort and he is also younger.  This will work in Jon Jones’ favor, and he will put on a display of dynamic attacks and will use his unorthodox wrestling to get this fight to the ground.  From there, he will land his vicious ground and pound and utilize his dangerous elbows.  Final prediction: Jon Jones wins via TKO in round one.