UFC 160 has picked up quite a bit of steam heading into Saturday, with some exciting matchups headlining the event.
The main card will feature two exciting heavyweight fights, with a championship on the line in one of them, as well as a light heavyweight and two lightweight matches.
Here’s a look at when you can catch the exciting night of fights, along with a quick preview of each fight.
UFC 160 Main Card TV Information
When: Saturday, May 25
Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nev.
Start Time: 10 p.m. ET on PPV
Live Stream Info: UFC.com
Donald Cerrone (20-5, 1 NC) vs. K.J. Noons (11-6)
After being a hot fighter for some time, Cerrone has struggled recently, going 2-2 in his last four fights. Meanwhile, Noons is making his UFC debut after recently fighting at Strikeforce.
For both fighters, they tend to do better while on their feet. Noons in particular struggles with takedowns. Both will be looking to make an impact on their feet rather than on the ground.
Both fighters have had struggles recently, so a win would be a nice way to get back on track for each.
Gray Maynard (11-1-1, 1 NC) vs. TJ Grant (20-5)
According to a report by TopMMANews.com, Dana White announced the winner of this fight will be able to compete for the UFC lightweight title that is currently held by Benson Henderson. A knee injury has sidelined Maynard for quite a while, but now he is back and ready to fight.
Maynard is a good wrestler and is good at getting takedowns against his opponents, where Grant struggles against takedowns. Both are solid fighters on the ground, but Grant is the better striker and has shown off some pretty solid strength since making the switch to the lightweight division.
James Te-Huna (16-5) vs. Glover Teixeira (20-2)
Ryan Bader was originally expected to fight Teixeira at UFC 160, but an injury forced him to step out with Te-Huna replacing him in this fight. Teixeira will be looking to extend his win streak to 19 fights, with his last loss dating back to 2005.
Both fighters are pretty strong strikers, but the mismatch is on the ground. Teixeira’s jiu-jitsu background helps him in the submission game, while four out of the five losses for Te-Huna came by way of submission.
If Teixeira can get a hold of Te-Huna on the ground, this could be a quick fight. If not, Te-Huna’s stamina could become a valuable asset in later rounds, particularly if these fighters stay on their feet.
Junior dos Santos (15-2) vs. Mark Hunt (9-7)
Hunt replaced Alistair Overeem due to injury, but even Hunt struggled to make it to this fight. According to MMAFighting.com, Hunt actually struggled with getting a visa and struggled to make the fight. Hunt often vented his frustration over Twitter, but fortunately he was able to make it for the fight. For Junior, he will be look for a win after losing his belt at UFC 155.
Today is the day if I don't get visa today I'm going to start eating cake u guys didnt know bout cake day— mark richard hunt (@markhunt1974) May 16, 2013
When it comes to knockouts, these two are experts. The two have combined for 18 wins by knockout. The fight will likely be spent with the fighters on their feet for most of the time, with punches being furiously thrown.
This is going to be a slugfest, and it will be quite fun to watch.
Cain Velasquez (11-1) vs. Antonio Silva (18-4)
The championship fight will be the first time Velasquez will defend his title belt that he won against dos Santos. The fight is a rematch from UFC 146, where Velasquez dominated Silva, winning by TKO in the first round.
The two are opposites when it comes to size, with Velasquez hovering closer to 240 pounds while Silva usually pushes near the 265-pound limit in the division. Not much stands out in regards to Velasquez’s weaknesses, but his only loss was by knockout in the first round.
Due to the previous match, Velasquez will be the favorite heading in, but a few solid shots by Silva could end the night early.
It will be the speed of Velasquez against the power of Silva, and it will likely be the most exciting fight of the night.