UFC 160 takes place this Saturday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event isn’t something we haven’t seen before, but could the outcome be different this time around? Cain Velasquez will defend the UFC heavyweight title for the first time since recapturing it at UFC 155.
Also, the heavyweight number one contendership will be decided between former champ Junior dos Santos and current top contender Mark Hunt. Hunt’s visa issues have been cleared.
Here’s a breakdown and picks for the entire card this weekend:
~ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva- UFC Heavyweight Championship ~
The first time these two met at UFC 146, Velasquez ran through “Bigfoot” and almost made him look unworthy, leaving him laying in a bloody mess in the middle of the octagon. Some forget that this is when Cain was coming off his title loss and he was a man on a mission.
Silva is a man that should never be doubted and has proven it in his last couple fights. After being pretty much dominated in the clinch and on the feet in his last fight against Alistair Overeem, Silva was able to capitalize on a cocky Overeem and get the knock out in the third round.
Cain will not over look “Bigfoot” and should be able to replicate the same thing from the last fight. It might make it to the second round this time around, but expect Velasquez to get this fight to the ground and win via ground and pound.
Prediction: Velasquez TKO Rd. 2
~ Junior dos Santos versus Mark Hunt ~
This fight has upset written all over it, but will it happen? You have one guy coming in off of a dangerous knockout win that broke Stefan Struve‘s jaw, and then you have the other coming off a nasty/one sided loss to Cain Velasquez.
“Cigano” will be looking to rebound after his loss and I expect him to bounce back and maybe even shock the fans. I know fans think this is going to be a dangerous stand-up war, but I see this going to the ground.
Dos Santos likes to stand and bang with the best of them, but after his title loss, and knowing that a win could get him another title shot, I see him being smart. Hunt has a really bad track record when it comes to losing fights by the way of submission, and we all know that “Cigano” trains with the Nogueira brothers.
We haven’t really seen Junior’s ground game, but if he wants a rematch against Cain, you can bet he has been working on his wrestling and ground game. I see this fight going to the ground and Dos Santos getting his first UFC submission win.
Prediction: Dos Santos sub Rd. 2
~ Glover Teixeira versus James Te Huna ~
Glover is one of the fastest rising stars in the UFC as of late, and his last loss was to Ed Herman in 2005. Teixeira has won 18 fights in a row since then and on paper is the better fighter. Te Huna doesn’t care what the paper says, he is coming to fight.
He is currently on a four fight winning streak and showed he is a well-rounded fighter in his last fight against Ryan Jimmo. These two will bang, go to the ground, fight from the clinch and much more. I do not see a finish in this fight, but expect it to be a destructive war.
Prediction: Teixeira Unanimous
~ Gray Maynard versus T.J. Grant ~
With title implications in store for the winner, expect both guys to deliver a show for the fans. Maynard is too powerful, the better wrestler, and the stronger striker. Grant has won 13 fights by submission, but Maynard has never been submitted and he has been in there with guys like Nate Diaz and other top ground fighters.
It’s funny that Grant’s last win was a dominate win over Matt Wiman who was a good friend of Maynard’s on TUF 5 (which has been re-airing on Fuel TV on Wed’s). Expect Maynard to get revenge for Wiman. This would be Grant’s biggest win of his career, I just don’t see anyone stopping Maynard at this point in his career. Grant will have to finish Maynard if he wants a win. If it goes to the judges, it’s all Maynard.
Prediction: Maynard Unanimous
~ Donald Cerrone versus K.J. Noons ~
Noons is making his UFC debut while coming off two straight losses. Cerrone was back on a two fight winning streak before being derailed by Anthony Pettis. This fight has FOTN written all over it and I expect both guys to come in with aggression.
Noons’s hands are better, Cerrone’s kicks are better. Noon’s has more experience as far as title fights and rounds are concerned, and I do see this fight going the distance. Cerrone will have to bring in everything he has and avoid getting hit in the body. Noon’s has had problems with kickers in the past (especially in his last two fights) and I expect it to be no different against Cerrone.
Prediction: Cerrone Split or Unanimous decision
~ Undercard ~
Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story- Story Split decision
Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway- Unanimous
Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker- Smith Unanimous
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo- Nurmagomedov Unanimous
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Stephen Thompson- Burrell Unanimous
Brian Bowles vs. George Roop- Bowles sub Rd. 2
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan- Stephens TKO Rd. 1