UFC on Fox 5: Preview & Predictions – Benson Henderson vs Nate Diaz
I’m a little early for this one. On Saturday, December 8th, we will see arguably the biggest card of 2012. Six of…
I’m a little early for this one. On Saturday, December 8th, we will see arguably the biggest card of 2012. Six of the best fighters in the world will square off to see who is the better man. Two legends in the sport will take on the best two up and comers to see if they still have something to give. A defending champion will face off against a young fighter finally living up to his potential. We will also see two of the most exciting finishers in the sport today face off for a spot in the Top Ten of their division. Any fight on the main card has the potential to be a Fight of the Night or Year contender. On December 8th, UFC on Fox 5 will light up annihilate everything on T.V in terms of excitement.
I will post my predictions about the stacked prelims before the card airs. Here I will only give my predictions for the main card. So let’s get started with a fight guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat:
Mike “Quick” Swick vs Matt “The Immortal” Brown
Kicking off the card is a fight between Mike Swick (15-4) and Matt Brown (15-11). Pictured above is Mike Swick successful return from his two year lay off. Although he was successful, he didn’t look like the Mike Swick we knew. That is understandable because he hadn’t fought in more than two years and he was rehabilitating major injuries. In the first round he was badly rocked after getting hit with a hard punch, then he was nearly submitted by a D’arce choke. He rebounded in the second by catching DeMarques Johnson’s kick, taking him down with it, and then landing a brutal punch to his chin as he hit the ground to finish him off. It wasn’t the Swick we were used to, but it was good enough to get him the win.
Matt Brown truly is Immortal, not because he can’t be finished, but because he will never be fired. No matter how many losses he suffers, he will never be fired from the UFC. Brown has saved a lot of fight by stepping in as a late replacement. He has earned the respect of Dana White and Joe Silva and the fans for his blue collar work ethic. Brown is not the most talented fighter, but he may be the hardest working. Brown will be going into this fight on a three fight win streak consisting of a TKO finish over Luis Ramos, a major upset over Stephen Thompson, and a brutal knockout over Chris Cope.
Expect a very exciting fight between these two. Brown has the advantage in Boxing and toughness. Swick has the advantage in speed, power, and wrestling. The grappling advantage is a toss up. On paper, Swick seems to have the better ground game as Brown has 9 submission losses. But Brown has improved his grappling considerably in his past few fights. That was evident in his fight with Stephen Thompson. I’m still giving the advantage in grappling to Swick though. Now Brown could knocked Swick out as we have seen Swick can be rocked in the past.
I believe Swick will be able to mix up his striking and grappling with a bit of brawling on route to a Unanimous decision victory.