I have to admit, I was one of the guys complaining that the UFC was putting on a few too many shows.
It seemed like every other week I was gearing up for a new event. I mean c'mon Mr. White, there are only so many one-man parties I can throw. Only so many ribs I could eat (final tally was 54). I was a little burnt out.
Then UFC 151 was cancelled.
I went from needing a break to needing a fix. Fight withdrawal hit me hard. Not seeing people punched in the face really took its toll on my psyche.
So I was rather happy when I realized this week is UFC 152. And while the whole Jon Jones controversy has thrown a blanket over everyone's collective excitement for this card, I still believe there are a few gems that could make the night worth the wait.
Let's explore them, shall we?
The 22nd marks the return of Matt "The Hammer" Hamill to the Octagon. Hamill was one of those guys who never truly realized his potential in the cage. His return could signify that he is ready to step up and be the dominant wrestler that he is.
He takes on Roger Hollett, who makes his UFC debut. Both men have something to prove, which could ignite this matchup.
Jimy Hettes is a real pleasure to watch. This guy is some kind of prodigy. His ground work is superb and his stand up is nothing to scoff at. Hettes is always an exciting fighter and has a habit of choking the mess out of fellas.
Hettes takes on Marcus Brimage, a former TUF 14 contestant who was victorious in his last two UFC outings.
Brimage won't go down without a scrap, as he will look to keep the bout standing and overwhelm Hettes with his strength. Hettes better keep moving—Marcus is inspired by Goku, after all.
Vinny Magalhaes makes his return to the UFC this Saturday after a stint in M1-Global. Like Hamill, Vinny has quite a bit to prove to everyone since his UFC career started with an 0-2 record. Magalhaes will be looking to use his outstanding BJJ skills to tie up and submit Mr. Pokrajac.
Speaking of Mr. Pokrajac...
"The Duke" is coming off of two solid wins over Fabio Maldonado and Krzysztof Soszynski. This power puncher will be looking to end the fight early by testing Vinny's less-than-stellar stand up. Should be a great back and forth.