UFC 160, headlined by Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight title defense against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, is slated for Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Velasquez is a huge favorite to retain the title, but he vows not to take Silva lightly.
“I don’t see this as anything less than a hard, grueling fight, and that’s what I’m expecting,” Velasquez said.
The under-card features a key heavyweight fight between former champion Junior Dos Santos and up-and-comer Mark Hunt
Here are my thoughts, I went 3 for 4 on the UFC on FX 8 last week:
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva
Velasquez is deserving of his title and he is the favorite to win. Just a year ago, Cain stopped Silva in the first round by strikes. Silva got this title shot by knocking out Alistair Overeem in the third round back in February, a fight he was losing at the time of the k.o.
Cain has always been one of my favorite fighters in this division and has too many ways to win this fight. I choose Cain to win, this will not be an easy fight as both fighters have grown in there striking game. Apart of me feels this will be a K.O on Cain’s behalf but apart of me believes this will go to decision. So this is how I call it Velasquez Decision 29-28.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
Dos Santos, is coming off his title loss to Velasquez, and I feel he may have a little trouble winning this fight. Hunt got this opportunity by knocking out Stefan Struve and breaking his jaw. When the K.O happened he was he was losing the fight. What makes Hunt dangerous is one-punch knockout power with his left hook, but he doesn’t have many other ways to win.
I feel that Hunt may just K.O Santos, but this will only happen if JDS takes his guard down and let’s the strike in. I’m going to call JDS winner by K.O.
Glover Teixeira vs. James Te Huna
Teixeira has won 18 straight fights, including his most recent victory over Quinton Jackson. The fight with Jackson was his first real test, defeating the former UFC champ by Unanimous Decision he did extremely well. He even fought where Jackson is most comfortable standing up. Te Huna is riding a 4-fight win streak, and even made an impressive comeback victory in his last fight. At UFC on FUEL 7 against Ryan Jimmo. Te Huna won by Unanimous Decision. A win over Teixeira vaults the Australian fighter into the top 10 of the division.
These guys are going to stand and bang with each other until one of them falls. In this fight it seems easy to say Teixeira is going to come out the winner. Te Huna will fight very strong, but in the end Teixeira will win. I feel this will be possibly a KO round 1.
Gray Maynard vs. TJ Grant
Maynard has clearly proven to be one of the best Lightweights in the world time and time again, but he is coming off a very long layoff, 11 months to be exact. To me I feel this is way to long between fights, however this was due to an injury. Ring rust? Maybe so for this top contender. He has won his last four fights, Grant has made a serious argument for a title shot. Beating Maynard could be the victory that gives him that shot.
Maynard clearly is going to have ring rust.I feel he will give Grant a great window of opportunity. Neither fighter will try to take the fight to the ground, primarily because they both know what the other is capable of. Grant will attempt to take Maynard down, but Grant will be able to defend against take-down attempts. I call Grant whom will take it to the end and win by split decision.
Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons
Noons is going to be wrong if he believes Cerrone is not afraid to stand with him. Even though I have personaly watched fights (Noons VS Diaz Strikeforce) where I was nearly put to sleep in this trading match, he proved me wrong when he took on one of the best strikers in the UFC in Anthony Pettis. He lost, but Noons’ striking is not on the same level as Pettis. Also you have to remember Cerrone has never been stopped by KO (he lost to Pettis from a kick to the liver) he has a very very strong chin. Cerrone will stand with Noons and he will finish him, which may also mean that Noons will get his walking papers in the begining of June.
I love both of these guys, Noons will be fighting his debut fight. With past loss to Josh Thompson and Ryan Couture both to decision and 2 fights previous to those, I do not feel Noons is even at the caliber to be fighting in this weigh class in the UFC. His last win was to Jorge Gurgel in August of 2010. That’s nearly the same as ring rust to me. I love Cerrone too but I highly believe he will TKO Noons in the 2nd Round.