We are only a few days away from UFC 160, which is the most stacked card of the year so far to be headlined by a Heavyweight Title fight between Cain Velasquez and ‘Big Foot’ Silva as well as a much anticipated heavyweight bout between KO artist Mark Hunt and former champ Junior Dos Santos.
Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva
Everyone loves a Heavyweight Title Fight and I am expecting this one to deliver. The first time these two met Cain dominated; he opened up a massive cut on Silva and stopped him early in the fight. I think the cut threw Silva off last time however cut or not I am expecting a similar outcome in the rematch. Although Silva has massive power as per his stoppage of Alastair Overeem Cain has too many tools at his disposal; he will more than likely take ‘Big Foot’ down and eventually pound him out on the ground.
Prediction – Velasquez defeats Silva by TKO in round 3.
Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos
This is the stereotypical head vs. heart battle; my heart says Hunt but my head says Dos Santos. Well for once I am going to go with my heart! Dos Santos is too smart to stand with Hunt because he knows that if leather touches chin this ones over so I am expecting him to take Hunt down in the first round however he underestimates Hunt’s survival ability on the ground. Don’t be surprised to see a 10-9 victory for JDS in round 1 but he won’t finish him. In round 2 when JDS is a little more comfortable he will experiment with Hunt on his feet and that will be his down fall as I see Hunt landing a massive shot and stunning the Las Vegas crowd.
Prediction – Hunt defeats Dos Santos by KO in round 2.
Glover Teixeira v James Te Huna
Once again my heart tells me to side with the Aussie Te Huna however Teixeira is an extremely impressive light heavyweight and I expect him to continue his undefeated UFC streak. Te Huna is skilful and brave and he may very well prove to be the hardest test in Teixeira’s impressive career but eventually the relentless stand up pressure of Glover will prove too much and just like all his opponents before he will break Te Huna on route to a stoppage victory. I will add that I hope I am wrong in this one, as I’d love to see Te Huna get the W.
Prediction – Teixeira defeats Te Huna by TKO in round 2.
Gray Maynard vs, T.J Grant
This is a really difficult fight to call! Both are as tough as nails and capable of finishing the fight standing or on the ground. Grant is on an impressive winning streak including a couple of big names of which he has dispatched and Maynard has been in with the best 155 pounders on the planet in recent times. Maynard is clearly the better wrestler however Grant is dangerous on the ground and he has a Brown Belt in BJJ to prove it. Unfortunately I think this one will end up coming down to the wrestling and Maynard is capable of smothering Grant for 3 long and frustrating rounds.
Prediction – Maynard defeats Grant by Unanimous Decision
Donald Cerrone vs. K.J Noons
I really like this fight because it could very well steal the show in what most are predicting will be a heavyweight dominated bonus card. Cerrone has slick kickboxing and he is very dangerous if he maintains his distance. For me Cerrone definitely wins the stand up battle. Noons has a karate background and is also useful on his feet however in his last few fights he has struggled to pull the trigger. If he gets past that issue and lets go this could be a good old-fashioned brawl. With Noons recent string of loses his certainly has his back against the wall in this fight but I think it will bring out the best in him so I am going to take a bit of a smokey in this one and pick Noons to come through with a career saving victory.
Prediction – Noons defeats Cerrone by Unanimous Decision
Ricky Story defeats Mike Pyle by TKO in round 1.
Dennis Bermudez defeats Max Holloway by TKO in round 3.
Robert Whittaker defeats Colton Smith via Submission (RNC) in round 2.
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Abel Trujillo via Submission (RNC) in round 1.
Stephan Thompson defeats Nah-Shon Burrell via Unanimous Decision.
Brian Bowles defeats George Roop via KO in round 1.
Estevan Payan defeats Jeremy Stephens via Unanimous Decision.