UFC 152: Preliminary Card Predictions
The first fight for UFC 152 kicks off on Facebook between Kyle Noke and Charlie Brenneman. Brenneman possesses the superior wrestling advantage in this bout and he will use it to smother Noke for the majority of the fight. Final prediction: Charlie Brenneman wins via unanimous decision.
Next up on Facebook is a bout between Mitch Gagnon and Walel Watson. Gagnon will look to use his speed and strength early in this fight and also use his knockout power. He wants to redeem himself after a submission loss to Bryan Caraway earlier in the year and this loss will motivate him to pull off the victory. Final prediction: Mitch Gagnon wins via unanimous decision.
Next up on Facebook is a welterweight bout between Seth Baczynski and Simeon Thoresen. Baczynski has shown to be a durable fighter inside the UFC, which will come in handy in his bout with Simeon Thoresen. Baczynski has the power advantage standing up and he will look to land something big early on to send Thoresen to the canvas. Final prediction: Seth Baczynski wins via KO in the second round.
Starting off the FX card, Jimy Hettes will be taking on Marcus Brimage at featherweight. Hettes is currently undefeated and he is coming off an impressive decision victory over Nam Phan. Hettes will use this momentum and look to take this fight to the ground. He has dynamic submissions on the ground and has more than nine submission wins to his name. Final prediction: Jimy Hettes wins via submission in the first round.
A welterweight bout is next up between Sean Pierson and Lance Benoist. Pierson has the experience advantage and this will allow him to use his experienced striking to keep Benoist at bay for the majority of the fight. Final prediction: Sean Peires wins via unanimous decision.
A lightweight fight is next on deck between TJ Grant and Evan Dunham. Both of these fighters have well rounded games, which should make for a back and forth affair. Dunham possesses a dynamic attack standing and on the ground, which should help him in the later rounds. Dunham will use his striking to set up a take down. From there, Dunham will use his grappling to lock up a submission. Final prediction: Evan Dunham wins via submission in round two.
The last fight on the preliminary card on FX will be a light heavyweight bout between Igor Pokrajac and Vinny Magalhaes. This is an interesting stylistic match up because it essentially is the striker vs. the grappler. Magalhaes will find the openings and take this fight to the ground. He has a world class jiu jitsu game and he will use this to his advantage. Final prediction: Vinny Magalhaes wins via submission in the first round.