Live from the MGM Grand Arena, the UFC presents UFC 160, Velasquez Vs. Silva 2. We are not sold on this main event, but man, this card is stacked! Donald Cerrone vs. K.J. Noons could be a FOTN candidate as both men have good striking, Glover Teixeira has won his last 18 fights, his opponent, James Te Huna has won 10 of his last 11, and these men are not familiar with defeat.
The co-main event is going to be that one you want to see though. If you are at a bar and the fight is on in the background, stop what you are doing and watch it. It feature two of the heaviest handed and solid chin fighters the UFC has to offer, as former Champ Junior dos Santos takes on Mark Hunt.
The Main event is the rematch of a very lopsided Cain Velasquez victory over Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, but Bigfoot recently shocked the world by knocking out Alistar Overeem, he has the power to shock us again. Let’s get to it!
Donald Cerrone (-290) vs. K.J. Noons (+245)
The cage has not been too kind to Noons lately. The once promising fighter has dropped 4 of his last 5 fights. To be fair, I had him beating Ryan Couture. Those fights are now in the past as he makes his UFC debut against Donald Cerrone. Cerrone is a local fighter out here and a guy that Blake and I have followed quite closely. In a muay thai matchup, Noons would have the edge, however, Cerrone is a very talented MMA striker and will plan his shots, he will mix in takedowns and submission attempts and I think eventually, one will stick. Cerrone by Submission
Gray Maynard (-150) vs. T.J. Grant (+130)
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this matchup is that the winner gets a title shot vs. lightweight Champ Benson Henderson. Gray Maynard has been there before, twice vs. Frankie Edgar, but he could not get the job done, although he came very close. T.J. Grant has gone 4-0 since dropping to lightweight and in his last fight, he knocked out Matt Wiman, which was quite impressive. T.J. Grant brings the fight to people. That is what Maynard wants. He is good at countering and an amazing wrestler, but he struggles when he has to be the one moving forward. This will be a close fight, but look for Maynard to land takedowns and avoid any real submission danger enroute to a decision victory. Maynard by Decision.
Glover Teixeira (-320) vs. James Te Huna (+260)
Since making his long awaited UFC debut, Brazilian Glover Teixeria has won all three of his bouts. His last one vs. Rampage was pretty one sided, but there were a few scary moments to question if Glover really was the next big thing. James Te Huna has won 10 of his last 11, the lone loss coming at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson, and is now in one of the biggest fights of his career. In that stretch though, Te Huna has not faced a lot of great submission fighters, except for maybe Ricardo Romero, but Romero is not a great all around fighter. I expect Te Huna to want to keep this standing and rely on his power. I think Teixeria will use the same gameplan he used against Rampage. He will stand and strike until he begins to feel uncomfortable and he will take the fight to the ground, or against the cage. I see Teixeria getting a submission win here. Teixeria by submission.
Junior dos Santos (-450) vs. Mark Hunt (+360)
For a brief moment it looked like JDS would reign supreme as the UFC Heavyweight champ for quite some time. That theory was destroyed once Cain Velasquez got his revenge by mauling the heavyweight champ to get his revenge from a previous knockout he received courtesy of JDS. Mark Hunt emerges as an unlikely challenger to the throne. Following 6 striaght first round losses, it appeared that Hunt was on his way out of, not only the UFC, but MMA altogether, then he KO’d Chris Tuchscherer and the wins just kept coming. He recently survived the submission skills of Stefan Struve and broke his jaw. Now he finds himself in the title chase and a win over JDS will bring him even closer. I do not think he gets that shot. Hunt is a solid chin and heavy handed fighter, but he is slow in comparison to JDS. I do not know if JDS will be able to finish Hunt, but I think he will out strike him and move. Hunt has a lot weaker cardio then that of JDS and Hunt’s only window is to catch him in the first round. I think JDS plays that round safe, tires his opponent out and batters him in rounds two and three. JDS by Decision.
UFC Heavyweight Title Fight:
Cain Velasquez (-800) vs. Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (+550)
Here we go again. While I am not very excited about this matchup, I have no problems watching it again. The first time these two fought, Cain dominated and bloodied Silva. Silva had no answer for the takedown and eventually got TKO’d at the 3:36 mark of round one. Since then, he has knocked out fellow knockout artist Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. However, neither of those opponents had a strong desire to take the fight to the ground the way that Cain does, so that changes a lot of things. Cain does have the ability to be knocked out as we saw in the first JDS fight, but he is a very smart fighter and has the ability to change his gameplan and comeback strong as we saw in the second JDS fight. I think Cain is too fast and too strong to lose this fight. He will stand for a bit, but ultimitly, if he gets in danger the way Overeem and Browne did, Cain will use his muscle memory takedowns to plant bigfoot on his back and recover. Cain by TKO
A quick rundown of the undercard fighters we like:
Rick Story (-160) over Mike Pyle (+140)
Dennis Bermudez (-315) over Max Holloway (+258)
Colton Smith (-155) over Robert Whittaker (+135)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (-245) over Abel Trujillo (+205)
Stephen Thompson (-165) over Nah-Shon Burrell (+145)
Brian Bowles(-290) over George Roop (+245)
Jeremy Stephens (-200) over Estevan Payan (+170)
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