Flyweight Title Fight and Bisping vs. Stann Top UFC 152 Fight Card in Toronto

July 14, 2012
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Michael Bisping vs Brian Stann - UFC 152After the initially targeted bout between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez couldn’t get finalized for UFC 152, the Toronto fight card now has a headliner.

UFC officials on Friday night announced that the first-ever UFC flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will headline UFC 152, while a middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Brian Stann will serve as the co-main event.

The already agreed upon fight between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald will now move down the card slightly, likely filling a role in the middle of the pay-per-view.

Benavidez and Johnson will finally square off after Johnson had to face Ian McCall twice before finally earning the honors to step into the Octagon and fight for the title. The scoring in his initial bout with McCall was incorrectly tabulating, resulting in a draw. He then won a unanimous decision in their rematch. Benavidez bested Yasuhiro Urushitani to earn his crack at the inaugural 125-pound belt.

Bisping and Stann were both forced out of their most recently scheduled bouts, Bisping at UFC 149 and Stann at UFC on Fox 4, due to injury. The two then both lobbied for and now have received the opportunity to square off and will do so in the UFC 152 co-main event on Sept. 22 in Toronto.

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  • adice89

    The flyweight matchup will be entertaining but seriously….Bisping vs Stann WHO CARES?!Stann got submitted by krystof syzenski at 205 then got submitted by chael sonnen. Bisping cant get a title shot if his life depended on it and neither one of these fighters has the skills to beat Silva. I say the loser gets there walking papers. And im hoping its Bisping. Hes a durable guy no doubt but im tired of hearing “title shot” come out of his damn mouth.

    • MaritalArtist

      While I agree that the winner shouldn’t get a title shot yet, he should be 1 fight away.

  • fsunoles09

    so stann goes 4 and 1 in the past 5 fights only losing to sonnen who just fought for the title for a reason, yet that warrants his release? makes no sense and bisping as much as i hate em is a good fighter and same thing bisping has went 4 and 1 in his last 5 fights yet you say the loser should be released.stop swinging from silvas bean bag for a second as fun as it may be and judge the fight for what it is and thats a most likely exciting fight ending in a possible bisping ko.

    • gnodeb

      I guess I’m “swinging from Silvas bean bag” but still I agree with you. These two are far far from releasing. This mach-up make sense and winner should be one-two wins away from title shot.
      Title talk is premature. Just like Munoz, they are talking just because they are afraid somebody will out-talk them and still cheap title shot. I hate to see it, and I blame Diaz and Sonnen for that shit…

      • MaritalArtist

        Even if sonnen didn’t talk much, he still would have faced silva. That’s that they do to the #2 guy…. They put him up against the #1.

        • gnodeb

          It’s a scary thought. Ben “Funky” Askren can start trash talking GSP family and Canada, then manage to keep on the ground somebody for 3 rounds and next thing you know, people start calling him Ben “The Bad Ass” Askren and GSP is afraid of him.
          You can’t say he can’t do it, but without talking skills he won’t get a chance and nobody cares. He’s just another L&P wrestler…

  • tomkevill

    some good fights but all around weak pap per view cards lately. i mean almost 50 bucks to watch these cards….. only a moron would actually pay for these cards.

    • gnodeb

      why is that? title fight, one fight for future top contender spot and one fight between young gun against old champ. Add 7-8 random fights in it and sound like a lot of fun…

      • MaritalArtist

        Completely agree. Tomkevill is smoking something special, as I was pissed off that I couldn’t attend it live. When BJ penn is the 3rd to main event, yeah that’s pretty much a kick-ass card.

        • phrankthetank

          I’ll be watching it live, I plan to never miss a Toronto card

      • Adams

        I definitely agree, this is actually one of the better cards of the entire year! The Flyweight title fight will be entertaining, and stann vs bisping could be a good stand up battle. Throw in bj vs macdonald, and I’d say it’s well worth the $50 ppv price. One title fight, and 2 fights featuring top contenders, what more do u need?!?!

  • phrankthetank

    I would much rather have seen bisping vs belcher. Nothing against Brian stann, but I think belcher has a lot more tools.

    • MaritalArtist

      Patience, grasshopper. I’ve a feeling they’re saving the Palhares destroyer for something else. Or at least hoping.

      • phrankthetank

        He was off for a very long time, he needs fights in quick succession. Only thing that makes sense aside from bisping is vitor and he’s recovering from a broken hand.


      i was hoping for Bisping vs Belfort and Belcher vs Wiedman

  • fightfankevin

    I’d like to see Stann destroy Bisping.

    • RubeKegal

      I agree

  • pooby

    That picture of Bisping has to be when he was a LHW. He doesn’t look like that at MW.

  • maddawgmar

    I like this fight. I think the stand up war will be very interesting. I want Stann to KO Bisping like Henderson did.

    • phrankthetank

      If he can put leben to sleep, he can definitely do the same to bisping

  • bajafox

    As long as BJ Penn is on the card the UFC will get my PPV $$$

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