UFC 160 Preview: Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 2 Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2013

UFC 160 Preview: Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva 2 Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    UFC 160 is rapidly approaching and the main event hosts a rematch between current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and top contender Antonio "Big Foot" Silva.

    The first time around, Velasquez dominated Silva using his wrestling and ground-and-pound attack. The scene of the fight looked like a massacre, as Velasquez busted Big Foot open and he was bleeding like a stuck pig.

    Here is a head-to-toe breakdown of the rematch between Velasquez and Silva.

Striking

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    The striking department probably sees the biggest difference between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva

    Big Foot has power in his hands, as seen in his bout with Alistair Overeem. With the size of his hands, Silva could land a punch on anybody and engulf their entire face with the leather on his gloves.

    However, he does not have the best technique or striking defense. He has a huge head, which is an easy target to hit.

    As for Velasquez, he is similar but different. Like Silva, he has power in his hands, but he has good technical boxing, speed, athleticism and solid leg kicks as well. 

    If this is a striking match, Velasquez has the advantage. He is too gifted with his striking to fail against Big Foot.

    Edge: Velasquez

Wrestling

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    This is another category where Cain Velasquez has a huge advantage.

    Silva has some solid takedowns of his own, but showed in his previous encounter with Velasquez that he can be taken down by the champion. If Silva gets taken down, Velasquez will use his wrestling to bust up his face.

    Velasquez is a collegiate wrestler who has consistently used that skill to dominate opponents. He won his title back due to the fact he could take Junior dos Santos down and hold him there consistently. 

    This is an easy pick.

    Edge: Velasquez 

Grappling/Submissions

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    This is the only category that Big Foot has the clear advantage in.

    Cain Velasquez, as stated previously, is a great wrestler. However, we have not seen him do much work off his back and it doesn't appear that his submission skill is high. In fact, he has had opportunities to fish for submissions, but he hasn't even attempted them.

    As for Antonio Silva, he is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt that rarely needs to use his submission prowess. He has only three submission wins, but he has shown he can grapple with the best of them. For proof of that, see his drubbing of Fedor Emelianenko.

    Big Foot is the victor here.

    Edge: Silva  

Prediction

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    I really don't see this fight being any different from the first one. Velasquez will slap Silva around on the feet, get him on the ground and pound his head into oblivion.

    This may take just one round. If it goes longer, Velasquez has the best cardio in the division and will be able to punish Silva for however long it takes to finish him.

    Prediction: Velasquez def. Silva via TKO