Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2: Full card predictions

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UFC 160 is this Saturday, May 25 airing live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Facebook prelims get started at 6:30p.m., then FX (other local providers) will air the next block of prelims at 8:00p.m., and the main card can be seen on Pay Per View at 10:00p.m.UFC 160 is an absolute stacked card from top to bottom with big name fighters, heavyweight match-ups and title shot implications. Enjoy the predictions and UFC 160 fight card.

145 lbs. – Jeremy Stephens (7-8 UFC) vs. Estevan Payan (0-0 UFC) – Stephens via TKO – Stephens is probably still ticked off about his previous loss, so he’ll be looking to hurt Payan bad in this fight. Payan likes to strike as well so this is a great match-up for Stephens.

135 lbs. – Brian Bowles (2-1 UFC) vs. George Roop (3-5 UFC) – Bowles via TKO – Roop will be looking to use his range, but Bowles won’t be swayed at all in his plan to walk down Roop with hard punches. On the ground Bowles will be too strong and technical for Roop.

170 lbs. – Stephen Thompson (1-1 UFC) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (1-0 UFC) – Thompson via Decision – Burrell has solid striking and power, but his cardio isn’t always there and Thompson is a very slick striker that will do enough to impress the judges if he doesn’t win by Knockout first.

FX Prelims

155 lbs. – Khabib Nurmagomedov (3-0 UFC) vs. Abel Trujillo (1-0 UFC) – Nurmagomedov via Submission – Trujillo looked amazing in his UFC debut not long ago, but Nurmagomedov is a big step up. Trujillo could win this fight with his striking, but the grappling of Nurmagomedov will be the difference.

170 lbs. – Colton Smith (1-0 UFC) vs. Robert Whittaker (1-0 UFC) – Whittaker via Decision – This is the battle of last season’s Ultimate Fighter winners. Smith won the American version with his wrestling while Whittaker won the U.K. vs. Australia version with a complete MMA game.

145 lbs. – Dennis Bermudez (3-1 UFC) vs. Max Holloway (3-1 UFC) – Bermudez via Decision – Holloway is a very solid striker that might be able to catch Bermudez in this fight, but Bermudez has shown the ability to take a punch and keep on with his strong wrestling and relentless pace.

170 lbs. – Mike Pyle (7-3 UFC) vs. Rick Story (8-4 UFC) – Story via TKO – Story will be looking to unload his powerful boxing on the skinny frame of Pyle. Pyle doesn’t like to get hit so expect this fight to not last long. Even on the ground Story will be too much for Pyle.

Main Card

155 lbs. – Donald Cerrone (6-2 UFC) vs. KJ Noons (0-0 UFC) – Cerrone via Submission

Cerrone is a very tough and experienced fighter, so there’s no reason for him to be matched up with a former Strikeforce fighter that is 1-4 in his last 5 fights. Cerrone is a hard hitting striker with great takedown offense and defense as well as solid grappling on the ground. Noons is a solid boxer with power in his strikes, but he lacks a complete MMA game and other great fighters have exposed him for that. On the feet Noons actually has a chance to win this fight if he can land good punches, but Cerrone will likely use his kicks to stay at range and takedowns or clinches. On the ground Cerrone should be too technical for Noons and might even lock in a submission. Noons has been given a great opportunity to get right into UFC title contention, but Cerrone knows he can win this fight.

155 lbs. – Gray Maynard (9-1-1-1 UFC) vs. TJ Grant (7-3 UFC) – Maynard via Decision

Grant has been on a role as of late going 4-0 and getting impressive victories with his striking and grappling. Maynard last fought almost a year ago when he won a split decision over Clay Guida to get over his Frankie Edgar hangover. Maynard always shows up with his heavy hands, great boxing and NCAA division 1 wrestling skills. Grant has showed majorly improved striking skills with a solid mix of knees, elbows, kicks and punches but he also has a fantastic grappling game to complement those skills. On the feet either fighter could gain the upper hand quickly, but Maynard’s power should be the difference. On the ground Maynard should have no problem getting his takedowns and staying out of submission trouble, but Grant will definitely be attacking any way he can. Both fighters will show off their skills in this fight, but Maynard’s wrestling should win it for him.

205 lbs. – Glover Teixeira (3-0 UFC) vs. James Te-Huna (5-1 UFC) – Teixeira via TKO

This is one of the best matchups possible to set up the 2 co-main events as both men have very heavy hands and a willingness to trade punches. Teixeira has burst onto the UFC scene with finishes over Kyle Kingsbury, Fabio Maldonado and a decision win over Rampage Jackson. Teixeira is an absolute beast that hasn’t lost a fight in over 8 years. Te-Huna has also opened some eyes during his time with the UFC as he’s finished 3 of his 5 wins by TKO and his only loss was to top contender Alexander Gustafsson by submission. Both men have heavy hands, but Teixeira has shown more aggression in his fights and Te-Huna will likely fall before Teixeira does. If this fight goes to the ground Teixeira will be the one on top looking for submissions and landing ground and pound.

265 lbs. – Junior Dos Santos (9-1 UFC) vs. Mark Hunt (4-1 UFC) – Dos Santos via TKO

Dos Santos will be looking to make an example out of Hunt and get right back into the number 1 contender spot. Hunt is another fighter who’s been on a role as of late, but none of the fighters he’s beaten are on the same level as former champion Junior Dos Santos. Hunt does have K1 level kickboxing experience, very heavy hands and a solid jaw but he’s still in over his head if Dos Santos fights the way he can. Dos Santos should be able to use his boxing to keep this fight at the right distance and land his power punches. If Dos Santos wishes to take this fight to the ground he should have an even easier time against the lackluster grappling skills of Hunt. Hunt has a small chance to win with his striking, but Dos Santos should out class Hunt in this fight.

265 lbs. – Cain Velasquez (9-1 UFC) vs. Antonio Silva (2-1 UFC) – Velasquez via TKO

Velasquez has regained his spot atop the UFC world as Heavyweight Champion. Silva has fought like an animal in his last 2 fights since losing to Velasquez via TKO in their first fight. Silva managed to pull off back to back TKO finishes over top contenders Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem. Velasquez used the momentum he gained from his win over Silva to regain the belt from Dos Santos in their own re-match. The first meeting between these two fights saw a lot of wrestling by Velasquez with Silva not really having an answer. If this fight stays standing Silva has a definite chance to win, but Velasquez could also land good strikes and will of course be looking to use his wrestling and ground and pound. The only thing that has changed is Velasquez is 100x more confident now and will try to finish Silva just as fast as in the first fight.

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