UFC 152: "Benavidez vs. Johnson," which was recently made official for the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sat., Sept. 22, 2012, has added an interesting featherweight match-up that could produce one of the next 145-pound title contenders.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight jiu-jitsu wizard Charles Oliveira, who dropped down in weight after struggling against the top of the 155-pound food chain, will test his might against longtime featherweight fight-monger Cub Swanson.
MMA Fighting brought word of the verbal agreements earlier today.
Oliveira (16-2) was able to string together back-to-back submission wins in his last two outings. After tapping out Eric Wisely with a painful calf slicer at UFC on FOX 2 earlier this year, he strangled Jonathan Brookins with a guillotine choke at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 Finale in June.
Can "Do Bronx" make it three in a row in Toronto?
Swanson (17-5) has also paired a couple of wins together, pounding out George Roop (UFC on FOX 2) and Ross Pearson (UFC on FX 4) to kick off his 2012 fight campaign in style. What matters, is how the Greg Jackson-trained fighter ends it, as a win over the Brazilian grappler would undoubtedly open the door to bigger and better things within the division.
We shall see.
UFC 152 will feature a the conclusion of the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion's mini flyweight tournament to crown its first-ever 125-pound champion when Joseph Benavidez collides with Demetrious Johnson in the main event of the evening.
In middleweight pay-per-view (PPV) main card action, Brian Stann will look to silence Michael Biping and his calls for a division title shot, while homegrown talent Rory MacDonald will attempt to use B.J. Penn as a stepping stone to his ascent to the top of the 170-pound contender class.