Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

Matt Juul@@MattchidaMMAContributor IIIMay 21, 2013

Velasquez vs Bigfoot 2 Fight Card: 3 Fights You Don't Want to Miss

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    Is your head still spinning after Vitor Belfort's phenomenal head kick knockout last week? Well, make sure to get your head on straight soon, because this weekend's stacked UFC 160 card is set to be just as exciting.

    Headlining Saturday's event will be a super-sized main event battle between heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. The two monsters of MMA previously faced off at UFC 146 where Velasquez brutally took out the Brazilian via TKO in the first round.

    Also on the card will be another heavyweight scrap as former champ Junior dos Santos takes on everyone's favorite Kiwi, Mark Hunt, who finally got his visa issues resolvedWhew, that was close.

    With so many interesting fights scheduled for Saturday night, let's take a look at three bouts you'll definitely not want to miss.

3. Stephen Thompson vs. Nah-Shon Burrell

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    Finishing up the Facebook portion of Saturday's card will be an exciting welterweight battle between the karate kicking Stephen Thompson and recent Strikeforce import Nah-Shon Burrell.

    Both fighters, known for their striking prowess, found themselves in a bit of trouble in their last outings inside the Octagon.

    Thompson, who was forced out of UFC 154 with a knee injury, suffered the first defeat of his combat sports career when he dropped a unanimous decision to Matt Brown at UFC 145.

    While Burrell enters this bout following a win over Yuri Villefort at UFC 157, the fight was forced to be a catchweight battle when the Philadelphia native failed to make weight for his UFC debut. Burrell ended up taking a unanimous decision in the back-and-forth affair.

    What makes this bout a can't miss is the high-level of striking both men possess. Out of 18 total career fights, Thompson and Burrell have nine combined KO or TKO finishes.

    Make sure to sign onto Facebook early on Saturday for what's sure to be an exciting, striking-heavy matchup.

2. Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons

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    Top-tier lightweight veterans Donald Cerrone and K.J. Noons find themselves in a bit of a pickle heading into UFC 160.

    After an amazing run to kick off his UFC career in 2011, "The Cowboy" is just 2-2 in his last four fights, including a brutal body kick KO loss to former WEC champ Anthony Pettis this past January.

    Noons is in an even worse situation considering he is just 1-4 in his last five fights and is currently riding a two-fight losing streak.

    With fighters getting cut left and right nowadays, both men could very well be fighting for a new promotion following Saturday's event. However, the threat of receiving a pink slip from UFC president Dana White could motivate them even more to leave it all inside the Octagon.

    Cerrone, the owner of six fight night bonuses, is already one of the promotion's most exciting fighters, so I expect him to put on a vintage performance, especially since his back may very well be up against the wall.

    And with a game opponent like Noons, this bout has all the right ingredients to steal the weekend's Fight of the Night award.

1. Junior Dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt

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    While I think Cerrone-Noons will be the sleeper Fight of the Night winner, there is no bout I'm more excited for than Junior dos Santos vs. Mark Hunt.

    The "Super Samoan" has been on a tear of late, knocking out three of his last four opponents en route to his current four-fight win streak. The flurry of finishes has even earned the New Zealand native a pair of Knockout of the Night honors.

    Meanwhile, the similarly heavy-handed dos Santos is looking to get back into title contention after losing the crown to Cain Velasquez at UFC 155.

    My head says that the more technical "Cigano" will prevail, but considering Hunt's career resurgence, my heart is with the "Super Samoan."

    While I'm not 100 percent sure on who will win this exciting co-main event, with these sets of heavy hands flying around, it's a safe bet that someone is getting KO'd.

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