UFC 152 Preview

After a six week layoff from any UFC event, we finally get to see UFC 152. Jon Jones will defend his title against Vitor Belfort, who accepted this fight on short notice. Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will square off in the co-main event to decide the first UFC Flyweight champion and Brian Stann will face off against Michael Bisping in the middleweight division.

Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort

Jones was originally set to face Dan Henderson at UFC 151, but Henderson was forced to pull out of that fight after tearing his ACL. It was then believed that Jones would face Machida, but Machida turned the fight down on short notice and the UFC ultimately settled on Vitor Belfort.

For Jones he will need to utilize his reach and more diverse striking game. If he can keep Belfort on the outside and pick him apart this fight is all Jones. He could decide to take it to the ground and use the vicious ground and pound to defeat Belfort, but there are many different ways for Jones to win this fight.

The key for Belfort is to use his speed. He will need to close the distance against Jones and go for the knockout. If Belfort waits for Jones like he did against Silva, this fight is all Jones, but if Belfort can keep it close and make it a brawl it’s tough not to buy into the possibility of a Belfort victory.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

One of these fighters is going to make history after becoming the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion. Originally, this fight was supposed to be the co-main event, but after the UFC 151 debacle it has been moved down to co-main event.

Benavidez is the more well rounded fighter. He has very good wrestling, outstanding jiu-jitsu and a lot more power, but Johnson has something no fighter in the division can match, his speed. If Benavidez can land some heavy shots, earn some takedowns and work submissions this is his fight, but if he can’t figure out the speed of Johnson then it could be a long fight for Benavidez.

Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann

The biggest question in this fight: How much has Stann’s overall game improved. We saw against Chael Sonnen that he lacked takedown defense and it ultimately led to a submission finish for Sonnen. If Stann can avoid the clinch and work some of those big shots this fight could realistically end by knockout for Stann.

Bisping will want to see if Stann is as technically sound as himself. If Stann needs to rely on the one punch knockout it puts serious pressure on him and Bisping will exploit that.

UFC 152 fills out as such:

PPV Card:

Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort (UFC Middleweight Title)

Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC Flyweight Title)

Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann

Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett

Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira

Prelims on FX

Igor Pokrajac vs. Vinny Magalhaes

TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham

Sean Pierson vs. Lance Benoist

Jimmy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage

Prelims on Facebook

Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen

Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson

Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman

 

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