UFC 152: Marcus Brimage Kicks Off FX Prelims Against Jimy Hettes

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 21: Marcus Brimage reacts during his featherweight bout with Maximo Blanco (not pictured) for UFC 145 at Philips Arena on April 21, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Florida fighter Marcus Brimage looks to use his strong striking and KO power to defeat dynamic grappler Jimy Hettes at UFC 152 free on FX.

The UFC returns to Pay-Per-View tonight with a double title match, Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones takes onVitor Belfort after Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson square off to decide who will become the first UFC Flyweight Champion. Before the title matches, the UFC will air free prelim fights on FX starting at 8 p.m. ET, and kicking off those free fights is Florida resident and American Top Team fighter Marcus Brimage taking on dynamic grappler Jimy Hettes.

Brimage is undefeated in the UFC since entering into the promotion through season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). He gained quite a few fans while on the show due to his exciting striking and his unabashed love for martial arts action based anime cartoons. Inspired to begin training by the cartoon Dragon Balls Z and drawn to MMA by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Brimage's background is in striking arts including Muay Thai and Boxing.

While Brimage is 2-0 in his UFC career, he comes into this fight against Jimy Hettes a plus-400 underdog. There is an old combat sports saying that styles make fights and in this case the style matchup is very bad for the Florida-based fighter. Brimage, while a powerful striker, is still very much a work in progress when it comes to grappling. American Top Team boasts some of the very best grappling coaches in the sport, but Hettes will likely enjoy a strong advantage on the ground. Experienced in both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Hettes dominated TUF veteran and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Nam Phan with highlight reel throws and fluid top position grappling in his last fight.

Brimage has worked hard on developing his grappling, but it is unlikely he is ready for a grappler of Hettes' caliber. This fight has the appearance of a showcase fight for Hettes, but MMA remains a sport where anything can happen. If Brimage is able to stave off a few takedowns or hit Hettes before he can close the distance, he may be able to score the upset. That said, Hettes mostly likely walks away from this fight a winner by submission.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Tampa Bay

You must be a member of SB Nation Tampa Bay to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Tampa Bay. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.