UFC 152 vs. UFC 153: Which Card Is Better from Top to Bottom?
There are two pay-per-views coming up soon, as UFC 152 touches down in Canada and UFC 153 makes its way back to Brazil.
Two of the world's best fighters will be performing, as Anderson Silva, the pound-for-pound king, meets Stephan Bonnar and light heavyweight champ Jon Jones fights Vitor Belfort.
Further than that, there are a number of great fights that will grace both cards. But, which card is better from top to bottom? Let's take a look and find out.
UFC 152: Kyle Noke vs. Charlie Brenneman, Mitch Gagnon vs. Walel Watson and Seth Baczynski vs. Simeon Thoresen
UFC 153: Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi, Luiz Cane vs. Chris Camozzi and Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
The Facebook prelims for both cards boast three fights with a number of international names.
The headliners for this portion of the two cards are the Baczynski-Thoresen and Moraes-Forte fights. Moraes and Forte are both Ultimate Fighter: Brazil veterans. Out of these two fights, the fight between Thoresen and Baczynski excites me more, as Baczynski always brings it.
As for the rest of the Facebook prelims, UFC 153 has the better fights to watch. The Luiz Cane-Chris Camozzi matchup should be a good one, while the Cristiano Marcello-Reza Madadi fight is going to be surprisingly good.
I have a feeling Charlie Brenneman is going to grind out a boring decision, even though the Mitch Gagnon-Walel Watson is intriguing.
Winner: UFC 153
UFC 152: Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage, Lance Benoist vs. Sean Pierson, TJ Grant vs. Evan Dunham and Vinny Magalhaes vs. Igor Pokrajac
UFC 153: Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino, Gleison Tibau vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Geronimo dos Santos and Rony Jason vs. Sam Sicilia
The FX prelims on both cards look to be good ones. UFC 152 has a good number of prospects fighting, while UFC 153 has TUF veterans aplenty.
The headliner of these parts of the card are Magalhaes-Pokrajac and Jason-Sicilia. Vinny Magalhaes is returning to the UFC in his fight, but faces a stiff test.
Jason, the TUF: Brazil champion, will be facing off against another TUF veteran in Sicilia. This one will be interesting, as both men are powerful and extremely dangerous.
These two parts of the cards are so close, it is hard to choose which is better. Based on exciting styles and guaranteed fireworks, UFC 153 will get the nod here.
Winner: UFC 153
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UFC 152: Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira, Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett, Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann and Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez
UFC 153: Demian Maia vs. Rick Story, Phil Davis vs. Wagner Prado, Erick Silva vs. Jon Fitch, Glover Teixeira vs. Fabio Maldonado and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Dave Herman
UFC 152's main card is star-studded, but UFC 153 has more fights. That said, it's more about quality than quantity, in most cases.
The Swanson-Oliveira and Bisping-Stann fights will be great fights. They really bolster the card in Toronto, which is sure to excite the masses.
The flyweight championship bout between Benavidez and Johnson is going to be an amazing fight. Both men are elite fighters with speed and skill, which always makes for an entertaining fights.
There are some mismatches and grinders on the main card in Brazil, which could lead to some boring fights. Or, the mismatches could lead to spectacular finishes, making highlight reels all over the MMA community.
Based on quality, as mentioned before, Toronto takes the cake.
Winner: UFC 152
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UFC 152: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 153: Anderson Silva vs. Stephan Bonnar
Both main events have fighters stepping up in weight class to challenge light heavyweights. Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva are both middleweights, stepping up to save cards.
Honestly, it may seem like this is an easy decision, given the title implications, but I don't see it that way. Bonnar is a gamer and will give Anderson Silva a helluva fight.
But again, the title implications take a serious amount of attraction away from Silva's fight. He may beat Belfort quickly or he could pick him apart for five rounds.
In my humble opinion, I cannot decide which is better.
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In looking at both cards, it is really tough to pick a winner. Both cards are going to be worth the money spent on pay-per-view and will entertain us greatly.
Based on the pay-per-view portion, I am going to have to give the slight edge to UFC 152. Two title fights and big name stars will surely be entertaining to watch.
Comment below and let me know if you agree or disagree!