At UFC 160, the big boys of the UFC will put on a show for the fans. Cain Velasquez will defend the UFC’s heavyweight title for the first time since reclaiming it from JDS against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, while junior dos Santos and Mark Hunt will fight for the number one contender spot in the heavyweight division.
Here are my predictions for the entire UFC 160 fight card set for May 25, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada:-
Cain Velasquez versus Antonio Silva
Vuelasquez (11-1-0, 9 KOs) ran right through “Bigfoot” during their UFC 146 encounter, turning the Brazilian behemoth into a bloody mess. Silva (18-4-0, 13 KOs) is coming off a knockout victory against former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, but he didn’t look that good during the fight. Overeem dominated the first two rounds of their UFC 156 encounter, and the Dutchman would have easily won a decision if he didn’t get caught during the third. What stood out the most to me during that fight was how easily Overeem was able to dominate Silva in the clinch, particularly against the cage. If Overeem was able to control Antonio with his grappling, Velazquez shouldn’t have any problems manhandling Bigfoot once again. Bigfoot is getting better at this but Velasquez is at a whole another level than him. At this point I could only say this should be an easy pay day for the champ & hope his opponent could put up a better fight this time which even if he did I don’t think it’s going to matter Coz Cain will run through him once again & prove once again that history does repeat itself.
Prediction: Velasquez wins via TKO.
Junior dos Santos versus Mark Hunt
This is the fight which was influenced by fans who rallied behind the mark hunt to get him a top level opponent like JDS. Hunt (9-7-0, 6 KOs) is currently on a tear, racking up four consecutive wins, but he’ll be in for his toughest test in the Ultimate Fighting Championship when he squares off against dos Santos (15-2-0, 11 KOs) at UFC 160. “Cigano” is coming of a humiliating loss to Velasquez, and he’s highly motivated to get back to the winning side of things.
Both men are solid strikers, Mark Hunt is arguably is the hardest hitter in the UFC all he needs is 1 solid punch to switch a fighters lights off whereas JDS is the best boxer in the division with fast & precise hands he sure does have the advantage, also the holes in Hunt’s grappling game were evident during his bout against Stefan Struve, a weaknesses dos Santos should be able to exploit if he decides to take the fight to the ground. Both of them had success while standing in the past so I expect this could be a good exhibition of their striking ability in which JDS has clear advantage over hunt. I just love Hunt as a fighter but unfortunately have to predict that his fairy tale will end this Saturday.
Prediction: Dos Santos wins via TKO.
Glover Teixeira versus James Te Huna
Teixeira (20-2-0, 12 KOs) is arguably the fastest rising star in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division, but Te Huna (16-5-0, 10 KOs) is no slouch either winning his last four fight. However, Glover has faced tougher competition in the past, and he’s seems to be the more-rounded MMA fighter on paper as well. While Teixeira’s punching power has him labeled a striker, the Brazilian is also very skilled on the ground and already has a UFC submission win from his bout with Kyle Kingsbury. Also Te-Huna had problem in past with his submission defense & Teixeira sure is capable enough to exploit that.
Prediction: Teixeira wins via submission.
Gray Maynard versus T.J. Grant
With the next shot at lightweight champion Benson Henderson on the line, expect fireworks when these two meet inside the Octagon at UFC 160. T.J. (20-5-0, 13 submissions) is pretty crafty with his submissions, but getting Maynard (11-1-1, 2 KOs) on the ground won’t be easy. Grant has earned his spot in a title shot eliminator by winning four straight fights ,he is a large lightweight with a scrappy fighting style; Grant is never going to make it easy for opponents to grind out a decision. However, Grant’s had the most problems with high-level grapplers; Maynard is also a big 155-pounder with the wrestling to match some of those welterweights who controlled Grant on the ground.Gray should be able to dictate where the fight takes place with his wrestling & grind Grant out.
Prediction: Maynard wins via decision.
Donald Cerrone versus K.J. Noons
Both men have had their share of tough times lately, but only one will get some redemption at UFC 160. Donald Cerrone may be having trouble earning his first UFC title shot, with losses to Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz in his past four fights, but “Cowboy” is still one of the very best in the 155-pound class. While Cerrone (19-5-0, 13 submissions) is the favorite going into the bout, the matchup favors Noons (11-6-0, 8 KOs) in my opinion. K.J. (who’ll be making his UFC debut) is the technically superior striker, and his takedown defense is good enough to keep the fight standing if Cerrone decides to switch things up. A former professional boxer who has had some good scraps with Nick Diaz, Noons can be dangerous when standing & I don’t think Cerrone possess a ground game which could land Noons into trouble.
Prediction: Noons wins via decision.
Rick Story defeats Mike Pyle
Dennis Bermudez defeats Max Holloway
Colton Smith defeats Robert Whittaker
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeats Abel Trujillo
Stephen Thompson defeats Nah-Shon Burrell
Brian Bowles defeats George Roop
Jeremy Stephens defeats Estevan Payan