In the No.1 contender's matchup you have two former champions battling it out for the rights to challenge the UFC Heavyweight champion, which will be decided directly after this fight takes place. The two fighters share three common opponents in their careers and should make for a very entertaining bout.
Cain Velasquez will be coming into this fight after suffering his first loss as a professional mixed martial artist. There will be no doubt that Cain will be looking to enact his revenge on one Frank Mir but he still has some lingering question marks around him. Is his should 100 percent yet? Is his conditioning up to par? The advantages that Cain should hold are his wrestling ability and speed. For Cain Velasquez, this is the most well-rounded fighter he has ever fought.
Frank Mir comes into this fight on a three-fight winning streak, including a bone snapping victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Mir will be the larger fighter and should have the advantage in striking and Jiu Jitsu. Mir has fared well against smaller opponents. If he comes in with the cardio to go three rounds with Velasquez, Mir will be a force to be reckoned with.
This fight is probably the most interesting of the night because where is this fight going to take place at? Cain might want to attempt to keep the fight standing due to Mir's ability to secure a submission but also should play into Mir's strength as he is a more diverse striker. Mir also may be able to use his weight advantage and improved wrestling to actually wear down and control Velasquez. Mir will have a 2" reach advantage and more than likely a 10-15 pound weight advantage. More importantly, Mir should be very motivated for this fight.
Winner: Frank Mir by Submission, Round 1