Welterweight Title bout (St-Pierre vs. Condit):
St-Pierre vs Condit is one of the most long-awaited fights of 2012, with Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre returning from ACL surgery, which has kept him out of action over 18 months, raising serious concerns about his longevity on top the 170 pound division.
The jury is still out whether the Canadian Superstar will be the same fighter post knee surgery, which would have ended careers 10 years. GSP relies so much on his punishing takedown, which can only be affected adversely by this kind of injury. The 31-year-old may have to return to his root of striking, thou Interim Champion Carlos Condit has a reach and height advantage, and is arguably the best Muay Thai practitioner in the 170 pound division.
Condit did show vulnerability on the ground in his last fight when Nick Diaz took him down in the fifth round, almost sinking in a submission. Having seen some of GSP's preparations for the fight, he definitely looks a yard slower and we may well be seeing a changing of the guard if Condit can force the pace early.
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Flyweight Bout: John Lineker (19-6) vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani (19-5-6)Both John Lineker and Yasuhiro Urushitani looked pretty horrendous in their UFC debuts and it is hard to judge how they will perform in their second Octagon appearance.Lineker is more of a finisher while Urushitani has won all but five of his fights by decision. Urushitani was highly praised coming into his UFC but the talk went away when Joseph Benavidez knocked him out. You can’t really factor that fight into this prediction because Benavidez is the second best flyweight in the world.If Urushitani lives up to expectations, he should take out Lineker, who might be better suited for the bantamweight division as he missed weight in his last fight at UFC on FOX 3.Prediction: Yasuhiro Urushitani via Unanimous DecisionBantamweight Bout: Takeya Mizugaki (15-7-2) vs. Jeff Hougland (10-5)Jeff Hougland is not a UFC caliber fighter in my opinion and I don’t see him having very much to offer against Takeya Mizugaki.
Preliminary Card (FX)Featherweight Bout: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra (11-3) vs. Sam Sicilia (11-1)A striker vs. grappler match up headlines the UFC 153 preliminary card in a clash of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show veterans. Bezerra needs to be weary of the knockout power carried by Sicilia; if he can avoid it and take the fight to the ground, he’s in good shape. The first winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” should push his UFC record to 2-0 with a submission of Sicilia.Prediction: Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra via Submission – R2Lightweight Bout: Gleison Tibau (25-8) vs. Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo (11-1)Gleison Tibau arguably won his last fight and if he did would be on a four-fight win streak going into UFC 153. However, the decision did not go Tibau’s way so he dropped down the ranks and faces UFC sophomore Francisco Trinaldo. Both men are exceptionally large for 155-pounds, so in a situation where each would normally have a strength advantage over their opponent, the strength evens out. If that’s the case and all other things are equal, Tibau is simply the better fighter.
Preliminary Card (FUEL TV)Lightweight Bout: Jeremy Stephens (20-8) vs. Yves Edwards (41-18-1)A single mistake could lead to a knockout for either man. Jeremy Stephens hits like truck and has a very solid chin to support him through stand up exchanges. Yves Edwards is a veteran who has been around the MMA scene since 1997 - the clock on his career is ticking. After losing two-straight fights, Stephens will be highly motivated and one of his crushing punches could send Edwards into retirement.Prediction: Jeremy Stephens via Knockout – Round 2Lightweight Bout: Michael Johnson (11-6) vs. Danny Castillo (14-4)Michael Johnson and Danny Castillo come in to UFC on FX 5 on winning streaks with especially impressive wins in their last fight. Castillo is a serious grinder that can take down and control nearly any opponent. On a three-fight win streak, Castillo has never looked better but he faces a tough opponent as he tries to push his streak to four. Johnson is one of the most athletic 155-pound fighters in the UFC roster and is improving with every fight.
This has been a crazy past couple of months for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC President, Dana White, had to cancel UFC 151 after Dan Henderson pulled out with a torn MCL.
This was the first time the UFC has ever axed an event since Dana White and the Fertitta brothers purchased the UFC in 2001.
Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, had to pull out of the UFC 153 main event because of a foot injury. This was announced just hours after Rampage Jackson suffered an injury that forced him off the same card.
Just like that, the UFC lost its main event and co-main event in a matter of minutes.
Dana White is hoping and praying that no other injuries occur for the rest of 2012. There are some very intriguing fights scheduled to close out the year, just as long as everyone stays healthy.
UFC 152 is over and done with.
Jon Jones showed why he is one of the best mixed martial artists in the world. He stayed calm when Vitor Belfort nearly broke his arm in the first round, and dominated the fight after he was nearly submitted.