UFC 160: Heavyweight Previews
UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velazquez defends his title against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, a man he punished before reclaiming the title from former champ Junior dos Santos who will be looking for redemption when he squares off against Mark Hunt in our UFC betting odds preview.
Cain Velazquez (11-1, 9 KO's, 0 Subs) vs. Antonio Silva (18-4, 13 KO's, 3 Subs)
Antonio Silva can smash, there's no question about that but if you saw him getting dusted by Alistair Overeem a few months ago then you know he has no shot against Velazquez. Yes, I know Silva eventually knocked out Overeem in the 3rd round after the "man with the mouth" ran out of gas shortly before Silva finally connected and turned out the lights. But prior to that big shot, Silva looked awkward and plodding. He was routinely overpowered as Overeem pressed the pace and forced Silva up against the cage and onto the mat. Now there's no shame in getting bullied by a behemoth like Overeem but it was the manner in which Silva attacked, parried and defended. He was stiff and rigid but much to his credit, he never quit.
Unlike Overeem, Velazquez won't fade. As a matter of fact, the champ fought through the fatigue and continued a blistering, relentless five round attack on dos Santos in his successful bid to reclaim the title back in December. Though Silva has a three-inch height advantage and the proverbial puncher's chance, the fact is he will be dealing with another big bopper in Cain Velazquez who has nine KO's to his credit and is a world class tactician on the ground. Silva is certainly no slouch when it comes to mat wars, holding black belts in BJJ and judo, but the only edge that gives him is the possibility of slipping in a stealthy armbar or timely choke. However, with only three submissions on his resume, that seems highly unlikely against a world champion with a pedigree like Velazquez.
Velazquez -650 at 5Dimes.com in a parlay with.....
Mark Hunt (9-7, 6 KO's, 0 Subs) vs. Junior dos Santos (15-2, 11 KO's, 2 Subs)
Mark Hunt, aka the Super Samoan, knows that a 39-year-old fighter doesn't exactly have a limitless future in a sport dominated by the fast twitch muscles and laser like reflexes of men decades younger. But it's either the urgency of his advanced age or a daily bath in the fountain of youth that has spurred his furious surge through the heavyweight ranks, reeling off four consecutive victories inside the Octagon with three by way of knockout.
Junior dos Santos is still smarting from his loss against Cain Velazquez in December. The champ became the former champ after being battered and dominated for five rounds. The decision was a foregone conclusion as El Cigano got smoked before a packed house at the MGM Grand. However, he won't be facing the best heavyweight in the world when he takes on Mark Hunt at UFC 160. He will, nevertheless, be taking on a man who comes equipped with an iron jaw and matching set of concrete fists.
While the sentimental choice for many UFC fans is Mark Hunt, whose doughy body gives the beer guzzling crew a reason to believe, I can't see dos Santos losing this bout. He's a Nogueira BJJ black belt and has a huge advantage over the one-dimensional Hunt. In addition, El Cigano can bring the pain as his 11 knockouts attest. Unless dos Santos's loss against Velazquez has done irreparable damage to his psyche and shattered his confidence, it's hard to see him losing this fight to a man who will need to go for the homerun shot early because his cardio won't allow him to hang around late...not against the unyielding attack of a fighter like dos Santos.
For your UFC 160 betting, parlay Velazquez -650 and dos Santos -350 at 1-2 odds.