3 Reasons Cain Velasquez Has His Fight Against Antonio Silva in the Bag

Matt JuulContributor IIIMay 22, 2013

3 Reasons Cain Velasquez Has His Fight Against Antonio Silva in the Bag

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    It's no secret that heavyweight veteran Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva will be going into his UFC 160 bout against champ Cain Velasquez as the heavy underdog.

    While the Brazilian certainly shocked the MMA world with his come from behind, third-round knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, I just don't see "Pezão" emerging victorious on Saturday night.

    Considering Velasquez's more technical skill set–as well as the outcome of their first meeting–I believe that the heavyweight king will keep his crown.

    Here are three reasons why Velasquez has this fight in the bag.

3. Better Cardio

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    One of the things that really impressed me about Silva's performance against Overeem was his ability to basically out-cardio the Dutch kickboxing ace.

    While "Bigfoot" did get beat down for the first two rounds, "The Reem" tired himself out by the third, giving the Brazilian just enough of an opening to land the finishing blow.

    Against Velasquez, however, that won't be the case.

    The reigning heavyweight champ has far better cardio endurance than Overeem, as seen by his five round domination of rival Junior dos Santos at UFC 155.

    The former NCAA Division I All-American wrestler is probably the best overall athlete in the division, making it highly unlikely for Silva to out-work him.

2. Better Wrestling

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    Another huge advantage Velasquez has is his wrestling ability.

    As one of the best wrestlers in the heavyweight division–if not all of MMA–you can be sure that the heavyweight king will be taking this fight to the mat.

    Normally, this factor alone wouldn't be enough for a surefire victory, but Velasquez's overall game is also technically superior.

    I see the champ putting "Bigfoot" on his back and pounding away for the win. Wait, that sounds familiar...

1. He's Done It Before

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    One of the biggest reasons why I'm convinced Velasquez will successfully defend his title on Saturday night is because he's beaten "Bigfoot" before.

    Not only did the reigning champ defeat Silva, he did so in a brutal and convincing fashion.

    When the two first squared off at UFC 146, Velasquez easily manhandled the Brazilian, quickly taking him to the mat before raining down with elbows and strikes. As you can see from the picture in this slide, it wasn't a pretty sight.

    Now, we've seen fighters vindicate losses in rematches before–Velasquez himself is living proof of that. However, the disparity in skill level and absolute dominance by the champ in their first meeting doesn't give me much hope for "Bigfoot" in this fight.

    While history doesn't always repeat itself, I have a feeling that it will on Saturday night.


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