Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva Will Be Bloody and Redundant

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 25, 2013

May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Antonio Silva and Cain Velasquez fight during UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The heavyweight division in the UFC isn't much better than the heavyweight crop in professional boxing. Because pickings are slim for Dana White, UFC fans will watch Cain Velasquez destroy Antonio "Big Foot" Silva for the second time in almost exactly a year.

Velasquez pummeled Silva in 3:36 of the first round in May 2011, and there is no reason to believe the result will be different Saturday night at UFC 160.

There are only two elite heavyweight fighters in the promotion, just like there is in boxing with Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko.

The only difference in this dynamic is that Junior "Cigano" dos Santos and Velasquez aren't related, so they have no problems clobbering each other.

Before we see a third fight between Cigano and Velasquez, both must win on Saturday night at the MGM Grand.

Cigano should win his bout, but it should be noted, his opponent is no tomato can. Mark "Super Samoan" Hunt is one of the hardest punchers the sport has seen and he also has an excellent chin.

This isn't the main event at UFC 160, but it is a far more intriguing bout than Velasquez-Silva 2.  First and foremost, dos Santos and Hunt have never fought.

Secondly, Hunt has not only never lost to dos Santos, but he also hasn't lost to anyone since 2010. This creates some doubt as to whether Hunt can pull off the upset.

There is no drama involved with Velasquez and Silva. I'm not completely selling Silva short—he's a solid pro and he proved to Alistair Overeem he can't be taken lightly.

Velasquez isn't Overeem, though. He proved that to Silva in their first bout.

These two men's styles would create a similar result almost every time they faced one another. Velasquez is quicker and a far better wrestler. If Silva isn't fast enough to prevent Velasquez from taking him to the ground, he's destined to be pounded again.

Even if Silva can somehow stop the takedown attempts, Velasquez's quickness gives him an edge in striking.

If you just like watching a KO—like most of us do—you won't be too disappointed. If you're interested in seeing something fresh and new, you won't find it here.

Velasquez-dos Santos 3 is almost inevitable.


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