UFC 152 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03:  Joseph Benavidez of the USA celebrates victory during the UFC On FX flyweight bout between Joseph Benavidez and Yasuhiro Urushitani at Allphones Arena on March 3, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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Fans are salivating over the UFC's return as the promotion has not put on a show in an extended period of time. UFC 152 provides two title fights and numerous other can't-miss fights.

Here are three fights that you do not want to miss.

Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage

On the undercard, Marcus Brimage is set to meet Jimy Hettes in an intriguing 145-lb. affair. 

Brimage, a power striker, is stylistically different than the grappling-based Hettes, who will look to drag down the "Bama Beast."

Hettes showed us how dominant he can be on the ground when he beat up Nam Phan for three rounds. His ground-and-pound is underrated and his submission skills are wicked.

Further than that, Brimage is a tough customer. He can take punishment and dish it right back out. 

Unfortunately, I don't think Hettes will entertain Brimage on the feet. He will get him down, beat him up and likely secure a submission.


Charles Oliveira vs. Cub Swanson

The featherweight division will play host to one of the fights I am most excited to see. 

Surging contenders Charles Oliveira and Cub Swanson are both knocking on the door to contention. Both men are well-rounded guys that are proven finishers.

Both men have good striking, so if turns into a kickboxing match, there is potential for fireworks. Swanson is a power striker, as is Oliveira. 

The problem for Swanson will be grappling with the underrated Oliveira. Oliveira's jiu-jitsu game is very sound and his submissions are wicked good.

Whether the fight is on the feet or on the ground, this fight is a must-see.


Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson

The first ever flyweight champion is set to be crowned, so that is immediate must-see TV.

But in terms of fighting, this one has the makings of an all-time classic. Both Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson have resounding speed and ability.

Both men are wrestlers that can strike. 

However, Benavidez is more powerful and has a more polished submission game. I fully expect him to showcase this in the fight.

That said, Johnson is no joke either. He had to beat Ian McCall in impressive fashion to earn this fight. Johnson is almost like the proverbial underdog in this fight, as everyone is already crowning Benavidez champion.

Tune in to see if Johnson spoils the party.