Cain Velasquez to Face Antonio Silva in Rematch at UFC 160

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2013

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20:  UFC Fighter Cain Velasquez speaks at the UFC on Fox: Velasquez v Dos Santos - Press Conference at W Hollywood on September 20, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced the main event of its Memorial Day Weekend extravaganza, and to be perfectly frank, it's hard to picture a more fun matchup.

Per the UFC Tonight twitter account, Cain Velasquez will headline UFC 160 by defending his heavyweight title against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva:

Velasquez made quick work of Silva in the pair's first meeting, beating his face to bloody smithereens with a vicious ground-and-pound assault in Round 1. The referee was forced to intervene and call a stoppage after just 3.5 minutes.

The UFC 160 announcement comes less than two months after Velasquez regained his heavyweight title from Junior Dos Santos. In a rematch of UFC on Fox 1, where Dos Santos knocked him out in just over a minute, Velasquez won with a dominant unanimous decision.

Alistair Overeem was long considered the likely competition for Velasquez at UFC 160, but he lost to Silva two Saturdays ago at UFC 156. After getting tossed around like a rag doll for the first two rounds, Bigfoot hit his cocky opponent with a huge right to the back of the ear for a KO.

Now Silva gets a chance to avenge the only loss of his UFC career against Velasquez. He's only been active since migrating over from Strikeforce in May of last year, but still, that sole blemish will ring true as motivation.

That and a shot at the prestiged heavyweight title.