Daniel Cormier Picks Mark Hunt over JDS and Chris Weidman over Anderson Silva

John HeinisSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2013

Jan 12, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Daniel Comier (black shorts) and Dion Staring (white shorts) in their Strikeforce MMA Heavyweight bout at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 3 heavyweight in the world, according to the UFC's official rankings, Daniel Cormier, sees two monumental upsets ahead on the UFC's summer schedule. 

On Sunday, "DC" tweeted that he predicts Mark Hunt to beat former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos at UFC 160 in May and also expectd Chris Weidman to take the middleweight strap from Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in July. 

Two fighters are tailor made for their opponents and they are dos Santos and Silva. They are both in trouble. Picking hunt and Weidman.

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) March 11, 2013

Hunt, a PRIDE and K-1 veteran, is known for his precise, powerful striking, much like JDS is. Hunt enters the matchup riding a four-fight win streak, including two "Knockout of the Night" bonuses. 

Dos Santos lost his title in his most recent fight against Cain Velasquez at UFC 155, but prior to that loss, he had won 10 straight fights, including eight finishes. 

Based on projections by BestFightOdds.com, "The Super Samoan" is roughly a 4-to-1 underdog against the Team Nogueira standout.

On the other hand, Anderson Silva looks to make it an incredible 11 successful middleweight title defenses when he puts his belt on the line against undefeated prospect Chris Weidman. 

"The Spider" is 16-0 inside the Octagon and has faced little resistance from his opponents outside of Chael Sonnen, who Silva still managed to finish in both of their title fights. 

Based on the numbers again provided by Best Fight Odds, Silva is approximately a 3-to-1 favorite heading into the epic summer showdown in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cormier, the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner, is set to take on Frank Mir at UFC on Fox 7 in April. 

Should the former Olympic-level wrestler have his hand raised against Mir, he plans to drop down to light heavyweight and challenge champ Jon Jones in the fall