UFC 152 Fight Card: How Fast Could Jimy Hettes Become a Top Featherweight?

Anthony FuscoCorrespondent IIISeptember 19, 2012

Featherweight Jimy "The Kid" Hettes has an undefeated UFC record of 2-0 right now. Both of those wins have been highly impressive. First was a submission of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) alum Alex Caceres.

The next fight was a complete domination of Nam Phan, which ended with the scorecards being read 30-25, 30-25, and 3-26 for Hettes.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is domination at its finest.

Hettes has a very interesting skill set for MMA. He uses his Judo to set up throws and trips to get his opponents to the ground. From there, he uses his jiu-jitsu and ground-and-pound skills to stop his opponents.

Hettes has a very dangerous submission game, as evidenced by his 9 wins via multiple submissions. The Phan fight was his first decision, but one he utterly dominated from bell to bell. His next opponent is another TUF alum—Marcus Brimage.

Hettes has seen his stock rapidly rise since his UFC debut, and if he beats Brimage, the hype behind him will be the greatest yet. If Hettes defeats Brimage at UFC 152, should he face a step up in competition? I think he should.

An interesting fight would be between Hettes, if he wins, and the loser of Cub Swanson vs. Charles Oliveira. Both of those guys would produce a stiff test for Hettes, but should he win, he would be vaulted up the rankings.

Jimy Hettes has many factors going for him.

He's young, has excellent technical submission skills and he's determined to win and improve wherever he can. He has all the right factors that would make him a top featherweight in the UFC. And if he continues to live up the the billing, he'll be a top featherweight before long. Looks like "The Kid" is alright.


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