UFC 152 Fight Card Primer: Cub Swanson Vs. Charles Oliveira

Cub Swanson and Charles Oliveira square off during the UFC 152 weigh-ins at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at The Gardens on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in Toronto. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort PPV opens with an interesting battle in the Featherweight division. It's a clash of styles as striker Cub Swanson (17-5 MMA; 2-1 UFC) faces submission stylist Charles Oliveira (16-2(1) MMA; 4-2(1) UFC). Both men are ranked in the lower end of the USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings with Swanson at #19 and Oliveira at #24. The UFC 152 PPV airs live Saturday night September 22 at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT.

I quite like this fight and am glad it's being featured on the PPV. This is a battle between two talented and interesting, if somewhat flawed, Featherweight prospects. Both men are coming in on back to back impressive wins, and both have shown that, at their best, they can compete with top names at 145. This is an excellent chance for one to take a big step up in front of the PPV audience.

How do these two stack up?

Swanson: 28 years old | 5'7"
Oliveira: 22 years old | 5'10" | 73" reach

What have these two done recently?

Swanson: W - Ross Pearson (TKO) | W - George Roop (TKO) | L - Ricardo Lamas (Sub)
Oliveira: W - Jonathan Brookins (Sub) | W - Eric Wisely (Sub) | L - Donald Cerrone (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Cub Swanson was a fixture of the WEC's Featherweight division, going 5-3 for the company from 2007-2010. When the WEC was merged with the UFC, Swanson sat out a year due to injuries and came back in a loss to Ricardo Lamas. Between his near .500 WEC record, his time off, and his debut loss, I wrote him off as a relevant name in the UFC. But Swanson surprised me, coming back with a pair of very impressive wins over Roop and Pearson. Swanson is a tough fighter who favors the stand-up game. He trains with Greg Jackson, though is by no means the slow, strategic fighter Jackson is often painted as producing. He's really found his groove lately, and this is his chance to prove he's here to stay.

Charles "Do Bronx" Oliveira came into the UFC in 2010 at the age of 20 and quickly made a name for himself. With a pair of impressive submission wins in the Lightweight division, Oliveira looked on the fast track to contender status. But he ran into problems with a 3 fight winless streak that saw loses to Jim Miller and Donald Cerrone, and a No Contest against Nik Lentz. His hype largely gone, Oliveira opted to drop down to Featherweight. Since that move, he's a perfect 2-0, with one of his wins coming via calf slicer in a submission of the year candidate. He's regained that hype at 145 - now he needs to capitalize on it.

Why should you care?

These are two very exciting fighters and should make for a great fight. Both are sudden finishers as well, plus the winner will put himself into the realm of future contender. It's a perfect PPV opener.

More UFC 152 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

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UFC 152 Staff Picks And Predictions - Tim Burke

Vitor Belfort's New Camp Reunites Him With An Old Mentor - Nate Wilcox

Bloody Elbow's UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort Custom Poster - Anton Tabuena

UFC 152: Michael Bisping Vs. Brian Stann Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 152: Jon Jones Doesn't Think Dana White Will Apologize, But Forgives Him Anyway - Tim Burke

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UFC 152 Pre-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 152: Matt Hamill Vs. Roger Hollett Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 152: The Trials and Tragedies of the UFC's Original Phenom, Vitor Belfort - T.P. Grant

UFC 152: Jones Vs. Belfort Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC 152: Charles Oliveira Vs. Cub Swanson Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 152 FX Prelims: Grant Vs Dunham, Pokrajac Vs Magalhaes Preview - David Castillo

UFC 152: Charlie Brenneman 'In Hindsight, It Wasn't Such A Bad Thing' - Steph Daniels

UFC 152 FX Prelims: Hettes Vs Brimage, Pierson Vs Benoist Preview - David Castillo

Video - Countdown To UFC 152: Jones Vs. Belfort - Tim Burke

UFC 152: Facebook Preliminary Card Dissection - David Castillo

UFC 152 Video: Jon Jones Career Retrospective - Nate Wilcox

UFC 152: Vitor Belfort Wants To Make Sure MMA Doesn't Turn Into Formula 1 - Tim Burke

UFC 152: Jon Jones Rejects Villain Role - 'I'm The Nicest Guy Ever' - Nate Wilcox

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