UFC 152 Expert Picks and Odds – Jones vs. Belfort
We’ve been waiting over a month for the next UFC event after UFC 151 was cancelled. The UFC had never cancelled an event in the history of the promotion until this month and superstar Jon Jones took a lot of heat for not accepting a replacement.
The good news is that UFC 152 will now have two title fights (Light Heavyweight & Flyweight). UFC 152 Facebook prelims are on at 6:30PM ET, the FX prelims airs live at 8:00PM ET and the highly anticipated pay-per-view card begins at 10PM ET.
UFC 152 Main Event Predictions
(Light Heavyweight Championship)
This should be an easy fight for Jon Jones (16-1) in the main event. Jones was supposed to defend his title at UFC 151 against the veteran Dan Henderson, but he got injured before the fight and Jones decided not to fight Chael Sonnen. Now Jones will need to step in the cage to defend his title against Vitor Belfort (21-9). One thing for sure is Toronto fans won’t be pleasant to Jones.
Looking at the fight though, it’s a tough match-up for Belfort. Jones has a huge height (4’’) and reach (10.5’’) advantage in this fight, which will be hard for Belfort to overcome. Just like in past fights Jones is going to utilize his wrestling to takedown Vitor and punish him with strikes from the top position. At the end of the day I like Jones to win this fight by TKO/KO.
UFC 152 Main Card Predictions
For the first time ever a fighter will be crowned the UFC Flyweight Champion at UFC 152, as the tournament commences with a fight between Joseph Benavidez (16-2) and Demetrious Johnson (15-2-1). The match-up is close when you look at the stats and I bet on the underdog Johnson to win the title because I think he can score enough points with takedowns. Benavidez will have a strength/power edge, but Johnson scores more takedowns on average (3.3 vs. 1.56) and is more accurate on his feet.
This is another close fight between two middleweights that could contend for the title in the near future. Michael Bisping (22-4) is my pick to beat the well-liked Brian Stann (12-4). The US marine will look to beat the bad guy Brit, but it will be tough due to the technical ability of Bisping in the cage. Stann has more power than Bisping, but Bisping is more accurate, technical and he can also mix up takedowns with his stand-up. If Bisping lands a couple takedowns I like his chances to pull off the win.
Matt Hamill (10-4) retired from the UFC, but decided to come back and give it another shot. He has been matched up with a new UFC fighter making his promotional debut Roger Hollett (13-3). Hollett has made it to the UFC, but he doesn’t have experience against fighters as good as Hamill. Matt may have lost his last two UFC fights before going into semi-retirement, but he’s back and should pick up a win by utilizing his elite wrestling skills to limit the ability of Hollett to land any significant strikes.
This is another fight that’s tough to predict because Cub Swanson (17-5) has looked good in his last two fights. He has won both of his fights by TKO against Ross Pearson and George Roop. Charles Oliveira (16-2) has looked great at featherweight where he is now 2-0 and looking to knock off Swanson next. The Brazilian has only lost to Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone at lightweight and he should be able to handle the power of Swanson. Oliveira has the edge in takedowns and submissions as well.