With so much hype surrounding UFC 152's main and co-main event, it is easy to forget about all the spectacular fights that are primed to occur long before the championship belts are contested inside the Octagon.
I understand many of us do not tune in for the full card and only care to watch the big names slug it out, but heed my warning: if you miss Jimy Hettes vs. Marcus Brimage tonight on FX's preliminary card, you will be sorry.
I do not suggest you watch this fight to see a phenomenal back-and-forth affair. This will not be a close fight. You will not see a repeat of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, and there will be no controversy surrounding this decision.
In fact, there will not be a decision, because Jimy Hettes is going to destroy Marcus Brimage in historic fashion.
Let me throw some statistics out there for you: Jimy Hettes, a brown belt in Judo and purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, is 10-0 as a professional fighter. His first nine victories came via submission, and his most recent victory over Nam Phan was one of the most dominant decisions ever witnessed inside the Octagon.
"The Kid" is for real, and the world will see tonight just how good he truly is when he takes on Marcus Brimage.
To Brimage's credit, he is 5-1 as a professional and is a tough dude by all accounts. The problem is that he is not spectacular anywhere the fight goes, and his weakest area is his ground game (his one professional loss came via submission, and he was also forced to tap on The Ultimate Fighter Season 14).
Hettes will throw Brimage to ground and secure a submission at some point during the fight—you can take that prediction to the bank. Much like Jon Jones vs. Stephan Bonnar, expect to see a clinic of throws and tosses en route to a victory for Hettes, before he senses an opening and secures the fight-ending submission.
If you miss this, you will miss the future of the featherweight division putting on a ground clinic the likes of which we have scarcely seen under the UFC banner.
You wouldn't want to miss that, now would you?