Who's on the Hot Seat: UFC 152 Edition

September 20, 2012 9:01 am by Bryan Levick


The Hot Seat is back after being forced to the sidelines because of the cancelation of UFC 151. This time we will focus on UFC 152 and which fighters are dangerously close to losing their job should they come up short on Saturday night.

Toronto is certainly in for some great fights and will play host to two championship bouts. Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson will battle to determine the first ever UFC Flyweight Champion. Jon Jones will look to defend his light heavyweight title for the fourth time and in the process defeat his fifth straight former champion when he faces Vitor Belfort.

In a middleweight affair American hero Brian Stann will look to inch closer to a title shot of his own when he meets loudmouth Brit Michael Bisping. This is the ultimate case of good vs. bad, but should be a very entertaining fight that will excite the always raucous Canadian fans. Matt Hamill fights for the first time since UFC 133 as he takes on Roger Hollett and Cub Swanson meets Charles Oliveira in a featherweight bout.

The seven other bouts are full of some very entertaining fighters including Jimy Hettes, Marcus Brimage, Walel Watson and Evan Dunham. Let’s get to the point of this article and that’s to see who may be looking for work this time next week should they fail to win their match-ups.

Matt Hamill– After losing his last two fights against Rampage Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson, Hamill decided to hang his gloves up at the age of 34. He had a much better career in the UFC than anyone could have ever imagined, but it seemed like his body and his mind were tired. Now he’s back and he says he’s reinvigorated, but if he can’t get by promotional newcomer Roger Hollett then maybe he made the right decision back in August of last year. I’m rooting for him, but I certainly don’t want to see him get beat up like he did against Gustafsson last year.

Walel Watson– The 28-year-old Texas native puts on good performances and certainly fights his heart out. Unfortunately for him that’s not enough to keep your job in the world’s top MMA promotion. After winning his UFC debut against Joseph Sandoval in October of last year he has last two straight to Yves Jabouin and T.J. Dillashaw. He’s not getting beaten badly, but if he suffers a third consecutive loss he could get that dreaded phone call from Joe Silva next week.

Kyle Noke– After a winning his first three UFC bouts at middleweight, Noke dropped his next two contests to Ed Herman and Andrew Craig. Now Noke will fight at welterweight for the first time in his 10 year career. He will face smothering wrestler Charlie Brenneman who needs a victory of his own pretty badly. A third loss in a row is a third loss in a row regardless of the weight class you compete in. The UFC welterweight division is notoriously tough and it’s likely that Noke will be looking for work should he lose on Saturday night.

Charlie Brenneman– The day before his loss to Erick Silva at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall, Brenneman lost his good friend and wrestling Coach Don Messing. Brenneman deserves credit for going in there despite having a heavy heart, but if he loses to Noke, a fighter making his welterweight debut it will be his second loss in a row and will bring his UFC record to 4-4. After defeating Rick Story last June he has lost two out of three. Let’s not forget that Brenneman doesn’t have the most exciting style, all four of his wins have come via decision. He needs a win here or he could face termination.

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