UFC 160: Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2- Kamikaze Overdrive MMA

Dillon Collins

The UFC’s first pay-per-view in the month of May sees a bout for the heavyweight title, as champion Cain Velasquez faces Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, a man he bloodied and beat almost a year ago. Featuring pivotal bouts in lightweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight, the UFC brings a stacked card on May 25th, one that cannot be missed.

The heavyweight title is on the line as the two time champion Cain Velasquez squares off against elite Brazilian Antonio Silva, a bout that serves as a rematch to their UFC 146 encounter in May 2012. On that night Velasquez emerged as a man possessed, bloodying his foe with brutal ground and pound, en route to a first route stoppage. The signature win propelled him to a rematch with Junior Dos Santos this past December, a title fight in which Velasquez dominated and regained his title. Silva however racked up two of the biggest wins of his career; stopping Travis Browne in September and coming from behind to knock out Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend. With the challenger fighting some of the best bouts of his career Velasquez will have to be in vintage form to turn back the Brazilian powerhouse. Will the champion again put down a monumental beating on “Bigfoot”? Or will Silva upset the critcs once again, notching the biggest win of his career. Find out this Saturday.

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In the co-main event, former heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos takes on the resurgent Cinderella man, Mark Hunt. Dos Santos has not fought since losing his title to Velasquez this past December, a match in which he was thoroughly beaten, the first time he has been dominated in his career. Hunt however has emerged from novelty nostalgia act to a viable heavyweight contender, with four straight wins including knockouts over Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve. Hunt struggled to stay above .500 in his MMA career, but with the recent renaissance and a striking power second to none, Hunt could amaze detractors by knocking off the former champion, undoubtedly becoming the top contender to the title. Will Dos Santos take a huge step back towards regaining his title, or will Hunt add another page to his storybook comeback by stopping one of the greatest heavyweights of our time.

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Rounding out the main card are two important lightweight bouts as well as a monster fight at light heavyweight. TJ Grant and Gray Maynard face off in a bout that will determine the next top contender to Ben Henderson’s title. Grant has been perfect since dropping from 170, compiling wins against Shane Roller, Carlo Prater, Evan Dunham and a stunning knockout of Matt Wiman. Maynard has not fought since a decision victory over Clay Guida, and no looks to take a step towards his third title fight in recent bouts. Light heavywights Glover Teixeira and James Te–Huna face off; Teixeira is a perfect 3-0 in the octagon, most recently earning the biggest victory of his career against Rampage Jackson, while Te-Huna has won four straight wins and 5 of 6 in the UFC. Opening up the main card is a surefire slugfest against exciting lightweights Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and KJ Noons.

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The prelims feature a number of notables and intriguing matchups, as seasoned welterweights Mike Pyle and Rick Story square off; Ultimate fighter winners Colton Smith and Robert Whittaker meet; a fight of the night candidate between Dennis Bermudez and Max Holloway as well as a lightweight tilt between dynamic Khabib Nurmagomedov and Abel Trujillo. Brian Bowles, Jeremy Stephens and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson are also in action on the untelevised prelims.

115lbs- #1 Claudia Gadelha (13-2-0) vs #2 K. Kowalkiewicz (10-1-0)

  • Claudia Gadelha -321 (72%, 26 Votes)
  • Karolina Kowalkiewicz +295 (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Votes: 36

185lbs- #11 Vitor Belfort (25-13-0) vs Nate Marquardt (38-16-3)

  • Vitor Belfort -152 (64%, 18 Votes)
  • Nate Marquardt +147 (36%, 10 Votes)

Total Votes: 28

The UFC 160 features one of the strongest cards of 2013, as top contenders will be made, prospects will emerge as legitimate forces, and a champion will seek to establish his dominance in a stacked division. Don’t miss the UFC this Saturday May 25th.

 

Main Card
265lbs- Cain Velasquez (C) vs. Antonio Silva
265lbs- Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt
205lbs- James Te Huna vs. Glover Teixeira
155lbs- T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard
155lbs- Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons

Preliminary Card
170lbs- Mike Pyle vs. Rick Story
145lbs- Dennis Bermudez vs. Max Holloway
170lbs- Colton Smith vs. Robert Whittaker
155lbs- Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trujillo
170lbs- Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Stephen Thompson
135lbs- Brian Bowles vs. George Roop
145lbs- Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens

 

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