The Punk: UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot II Review
by, 05-26-2013 at 10:49 AM (1040 Views)
Tonight could see a massive reshuffle in the Heavyweight division. Cain Velasquez defends his title for the first time in his second reign against the monstrous Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a rematch from UFC 146. Velasquez got the upper hand then, using his superior wrestling and ground and pound to quickly stop his opponent. Many believe tonight will be no different but Silva is coming off a huge upset win over former contender Alistair Overeem. Also on the card, Junior Dos Santos, hungry for another shot at the title, squares off against Cinderella man Mark Hunt in a fight that will surely offer a title opportunity for the winner. Who will emerge victorious when these heavyweights collide? Lets fight!
Bout One - Lightweight
KJ Noons vs. Donald Cerrone
Making his debut in the UFC after the Zuffa acquisition of Strikeforce, KJ Noons was hoping to become the latest in a string of fighters from the now defunct promotion to taste success in the Octagon. Sadly for him, Muay Thai specialist Donald Cerrone had other plans. Considered by some as a boxing standout, the former Elite XC champ Noons was completely dominated over the 15 minutes by his opponent who not only controlled the fight on the feet, but also dominated it on the mat too. Cerrone is something of an anomaly in the Lightweight division; a fighter who can't get the job done against the top contenders but someone who looks invincible against anyone else. If Cerrone wants another shot at the gold, this demolition of a former champion is the best way to make this intention known. Entertaining stuff only let down by the overall one-sidedness of the whole affair. Noons has now lost 5 out of his last 6 fights. Time to find a new profession?
Winner: Donald Cerrone via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Fight Rating: ***.5/5
Bout Two - Lightweight
TJ Grant vs. Grey Maynard
Unfortunately the main event fights have overshadowed the rest of the card, a card which is perhaps the strongest of the year so far. This match-up is one of the main reasons behind that statement. Grey Maynard may be 1-1-1 in his last three fights but he's still a tough, top contender while TJ Grant is currently undefeated as a Lightweight and has seemingly come from nowhere. Their encounter was brief, violent and as predicted, awesome with Grant picking up the surprise win over 'The Bully" by smashing him with strikes and following these up with equally violent blows to his fallen and completely bewildered opponent. As I said before, no-one saw this Canadian coming but millions of fans now know him as Benson Henderson's newest challenger...and perhaps his most dangerous one too.
Winner: TJ Grant via TKO (Punches) in Round 1
Fight Rating: ***.5/5
Bout Three - Light Heavyweight
James Te-Huna vs. Glover Teixeira
Call me mad but I really fancied Te-Huna's chances here. The New Zealand born fighter has shown a massive improvement with his ground game recently and coupled with his top level striking abilities, should have posed a great challenge to the versatile Brazilian Teixeira. How wrong I was! Teixeira proved once and for all that he belongs in the upper echelon of the 205 pound division with this quick and decisive submission victory. Teixeira looks like a dangerous match for most in the division: He has the skills to knock fighters out in a heartbeat and can also grapple with the best too. He is an extremely well rounded fighter and proved this here against a very game Te-Huna.
Winner: Glover Teixeira via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round 1
Fight Rating: ***/5
Bout Four - Heavyweight
Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos
This was the fight of the night. Two Heavyweights engaging in a brutal fight which, to the trained eye, was surprisingly technical for a "Slugfest". Hunt, a man whose MMA career looked to be finished just two years ago, brought the fight to the former champion, threatening with a number of lunging bombs but "Cigano" had some of his own and had the Australian based fighter reeling in the last moments of the first with a huge overhand left, the same move which finished Velasquez in 2011. Hunt was down but not beaten however and managed to continue into the second and third rounds despite more Dos Santos' continued onslaught. Hunt proved himself a true champion over the course of this fight but his chin was eventually defeated when Dos Santos stunned him, and the MMA world with a wicked spinning heel kick late in the third. Dos Santos needed to show a little versatility to prove he would be able to challenge for the title again and he did just that here. A wonderfully tense and violent 15 minutes and a definite contender for Fight of the Year.
Winner: Junior Dos Santos via KO (Spinning Heel Kick and Punches) in Round 3
Fight Rating: ****.5/5
Bout Five - Heavyweight Championship
Cain Velasquez (c) vs. Antonio Silva
Anyone disappointed with the last fight, hoping for a fairytale underdog victory were probably going to be left even more disappointed here as Velasquez made quick work of Silva...again! The Brazilian had argued that he lost the first fight because he threw a leg kick, something he rarely does apparently, and that this cost him. Velasquez proved that he is a just a superior fighter, catching Silva with a stiff combo as the challenger came rushing in. Velesquez has now beaten Silva twice in two years, both by TKO and in a combined time of 4:56. Velasquez is an animal. Simple as.
Winner and STILL Champion: Cain Velasquez via TKO (Punches) in Round 1
Fight Rating: ***/5
Overview: Violent knockouts, painful submissions and technical prowess were all there to be seen in this, the best card of 2013 so far. UFC 160 was an action packed event featuring the elements required to appeal to fans of the many different aspects of this sport and finally bought us closer to one of the most anticipated rubber matches of all time: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez III. UFC 161 hasn't got a hope of matching the quality of tonight's fights. We'll have to wait until July's title fight between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman for the next blockbuster event.
KO of the Night: Junior Dos Santos
Submission of the Night: Glover Teixeira
Fight of the Night: Dos Santos/Hunt
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