UFC 152 takes place September 22 and will emanate from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event is anchored by a triple headliner which features Joseph Benavidez (16-2) taking on Demtrious Johnson (15-2-1) in the UFC Flyweight Tournament Finals to crown the promotion’s first 125 lb. champion, Michael Bisping (22-4) facing off with Brian Stann (12-4) in a middleweight title eliminator, and former Welterweight Champion B.J. Penn (16-8-2) returning from a short retirement to face the surging Rory Macdonald (13-1).
The match-up between Johnson and Benavidez comes a little late as Johnson went to a draw with Ian McCall in their first round tournament bout, the two were made to meet once again in June, where “Mighty Mouse” outpointed the mustachioed one. Benavidez soundly dominated Yasuhiro Urushitani in their March bout, knocking out the Japanese import at 11 seconds of the second stanza.
“The Count” will be looking to rebound from a contentious decision loss to recent title challenger Chael Sonnen in January when he faces off with Brian Stann. The former Marine looks to add Bisping to his list of wins coming off of a first-round knockout of Alessio Sakara this passed April.
Penn, who retired after a sound defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz in October , comes back to the octagon looking to impress in yet another welterweight run against Rory MacDonald. The GSP protege is rolling with three consecutive wins, recently decimating Che Mills in April.