Not much hype is welcoming this fight card in to its Saturday night debut at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada. Most of the talk leading up to this event has been about its predecessor, the infamous UFC 151 cancelation, of which has been beaten to death in the media since Dana White broke the sad news a couple weeks ago. So let’s move on and talk fights. After all that’s what we all are here for and when all the words are done, what matters most in this sport.
Headlining the card is light heavyweight champion Jonny “Bones” Jones who will be defending his title against his fifth former UFC champion opponent in Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort. Belfort provides an interesting challenge for Jones in his ability to knock his opponent out with either hand. Yet Belfort is a worthy opponent in name only unfortunately. Considering the place both fighters are meeting each other in their respective careers on Saturday night, Belfort will probably look his age in the cage against a very dominant Jones who is most likely making strides towards reaching the peak of his career.
Not only is Belfort the current longest tenured UFC fighter still under an active contract, he’s not the explosive and dynamic threat he once was. Like Jones stated in the pre-fight promo video, Belfort was dominating opponents with having mastered two martial art disciplines in Jiu Jitsu and boxing while most mixed martial artists at that time only stepped in to the cage with one style they relied on heavily. Belfort will fall prey to what many of his peers have of late, which is the incredible transformation that has occurred in mixed martial arts over such a short periods of time. Jones is simply a more evolved version of an MMA fighter.
Prediction: Vitor will attempt a couple strong flurries which Jones will be aware of and adeptly avoid. Some feel this fight will go to the ground since Jones has a strong wrestling base and has used it to finish fights in the past. I believe Jones respects Vitor’s jui Jitsu skills and will mix up strikes and pick apart the former champ with his patented rangy and unpredictable striking repertoire. This fight will end in TKO in round one for the champ.
Making UFC history will be the first flyweight championship bout in the promotion by the undeniable two best flyweights in the world. Each competitor is thought to hold a specific advantage over the other. Demetrius “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is extremely fast and well rounded. He may have more speed on his opponent in Joseph “Jo-Jitsu” Benavidez but that remains to be seen. Just as Joseph’s superior knockout power over Demetrius, in my opinion. Prediction: Joseph will find his timing in this one and out point Johnson to become the first flyweight champ in UFC history on a unanimous decision victory.
The third most significant fight on the card and arguably another amazing headliner in the night will include a battle of top middle weight contenders. Brian “All American” Stann vs. Michael “The Count” Bisping will become very close to a legitimate bid for a shot against Anderson Silva depending on who ends up with their hand raised after the fight.
Unfortunately for both of these competitors, Silva has his sights set on Georges “Rush” St Pierre as soon as he finishes Stephan Bonnar’s career at UFC 153 and if GSP can defeat Carlos Conditt of course. So it’s doubtful if any title implications will follow this fight for either competitor.
Prediction: Stann may have stronger knockout power but that’s all he has over the Brit. Bisping is a more well rounded striker with a stronger wrestling base and will control this fight for three rounds unless Stann is able to land a couple strong shots. Bisping by unanimous decision.
Watch the highlights from today’s pre-fight press conference in the video below.
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A few other big names litter UFC 152’s fight card which are listed below in order of appearance starting from the bottom.
Matt Hamill vs Roger Hollett
Charles Oliveira vs Cub Swanson
Igor Pokrajac vs Vinny Magalhaes
Evan Dunham vs T.J. Grant
Lance Benoist vs Sean Pierson
Jim Hettes vs Marcus Brimage
Seth Baczynski vs Simeon Thoresen
Mitch Gagnon vs Walel Watson
Charlie Brenneman vs Kyle Noke
By Gabe Keith ~ Senior Writer
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