At the time, Hettes was unbeaten and appeared to be a future star in the making after dismantling Alex Caceres and Nam Phan in his first two UFC tilts, while Brimage had barely gotten by Maximo Blanco in a previous bout and had garnered more attention for his colorful personality than in-ring ability. In the end, Brimage entered the bout as an underdog and exited as winner thanks to an aggressive approach aimed at taking Hettes out of his comfort zone by blasting him with power punches and stifling his ground-based attack with takedown defense/escapes.
There may be two title-fights on tap in Toronto this Saturday night at UFC 165 but the mainstream consensus seems to be both match-ups already have foregone conclusions with champions Jon Jones and Renan Barao each retaining his divisional belt. However, the way pairings break down on paper doesn’t necessarily dictate the way action unfolds in the Octagon, and any fan with an ounce of experience watching MMA understands there are no guarantees when it comes to victory. As such, it’s very possible contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Eddie Wineland could shock the world and end up with a hand raised at the event. If so, they certainly wouldn’t be the first UFC fighters to pull off an upset in Canada. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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