UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort Predictions: The Prelims

Preliminary Card (FX) Light Heavyweight Bout: Igor Pokrajac (25-8) vs. Vinny Magalhaes (9-5) Classic striker vs. grappler match up. The fight will come down to whom can best implement their game plan. Igor Pokrajac has shown to be susceptible to the takedown in the past and although Vinny Magalhaes doesn't have the best offensive wrestling, there is a good chance he only needs one takedown to finish the fight. If Pokrajac can avoid being put on his back, he has a good chance at landing a knockout. If not, Magalhaes gets it to the ground and wins the fight by submission.

Prediction: Vinny Magalhaes via Submission - Round 2

Lightweight Bout: T.J. Grant (18-5) vs. Evan Dunham (13-2) T.J. Grant has looked stellar since dropping to the lightweight division, but he meets a beast in Evan Dunham at UFC 152. Dunham is far superior to anyone Grant has ever defeated and the difference of in skills will become evident when the cage door closes. Both men are very dangerous on the ground, however Dunham is a much better striker. If Dunham keeps it on the feet and avoids a grappling match, he should be able to pick Grant apart and either picks up a late stoppage or a decision.

Prediction: Evan Dunham via Unanimous Decision Welterweight Bout: Sean Pierson (12-6) vs. Lance Benoist (6-1) Sean Pierson is going to be highly motivated fighting in front of the crowd in his hometown of Toronto. The question is, will that be enough to carry him to victory? Lance Benoist will try to take Pierson to the ground and submit him while the Canadian is going to try and go the striking route. Pierson should take the decision in a close, hard 15-minute fight.

Prediction: Sean Pierson via Unanimous Decision

Featherweight Bout: Jimy Hettes (10-0) vs. Marcus Brimage (5-1) Jimy Hettes is one of the brightest prospects in the world at 145-pounds. If the fight hits the mat, Hettes is going to take Marcus Brimage to school. "The Kid" has a level of skill high enough on the ground that as soon as Brimage gets put on his back he is going to be in survival mode. Look for Hettes to get the fight to the ground and lock in a nice submission.

Prediction: Jimy Hettes via Submission - Round 2 Preliminary Card (Facebook)

Welterweight Bout: Seth Baczynski (17-8) vs. Simeon Thoresen (17-2-1) Judging by the fact five of Seth Baczynski's eight losses are by submission and 15 of Simeon Thoresen's 17 wins are by submission, it is hard to pick anything other than a Thoresen victory via tap-out. Prediction: Simeon Thoresen via Submission - R1

Bantamweight Bout: Mitch Gagnon (8-2) vs. Walel Watson (9-4) Another striker vs. grappler match up. Walel Watson is so tall and lengthy that he is going to pose problems to the much shorter Mitch Gagnon. Unless Watson allows himself to get repeatedly taken down, he's should be able to use his physical advantages to out strike Gagnon and eventually score a TKO victory.

Prediction: Walel Watson via TKO (Strikes) - Round 2

Welterweight Bout: Kyle Noke (19-6-1) vs. Charlie Brenneman (15-4) Charlie Brenneman is going to use his superior wrestling abilities to take Kyle Noke down repeatedly and keep him there until the final bell rings.

Prediction: Charlie Brenneman via Unanimous Decision