Antonio Minotauro Nogueira is an 11-year veteran of the MMA game with 38 fights under his belt. While his best may be in the past, he is still one of the strongest heavyweight contenders in the UFC.
Nogueria is an excellent boxer and has fantastic jiu-jitsu skills. At 33, he is entering the twilight of his career, and would want nothing more than one more shot at the belt and Brock Lesnar.
On Saturday night, he will try to prove that he's still the present, not the past.
27-year old Cain Velasquez believes he is the future in the heavyweight class in the UFC.
He is undefeated in the MMA game at 7-0, and is an extremely well-rounded fighter. His vicious ground-and-pound is amongst the best in the UFC.
He dismantled Ben Rothwell in his last fight and welcomes the step up in competition that Nogueira represents. On Saturday night, he will try to prove that the future is now.
While neither fighter is likely to head directly to a title fight with Lesnar with a win, the victor will put themselves in the position of being amongst the top contenders in the heavyweight class. It's a huge fight for both men.
Prediction: Velasquez is just too much for Nogueira. He wins by decision in an epic brawl and skyrockets into the conversation of heavyweight title contenders.
Result: The future is now. Velasquez looked awesome in his first round knockout of Big Nog. I got the predicition right, but I don't think anyway could have predicted it going down like it did. Give Velasquez a title shot. Can anyone argue that there is another heavyweight out there at the moment who has a better shot against Brock Lesner than Cain does???