“UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” takes place Saturday, May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The stacked card will air live on Pay-Per-View and is headlined with a UFC heavyweight title bout between champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
In addition to the title fight there are several bouts with title implications. Here are the top three reasons to tune into UFC 160 this weekend:
Reason #1: There could be a new UFC Heavyweight Champion.
UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva have fought once before, exactly one year ago. But that fight was Bigfoot’s UFC debut, he’d had a long layoff and it wasn’t for the title.
Since then, Bigfoot has scored knockout wins over Travis Browne and top contender Alistair Overeem. And Velasquez regained his heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win over Junior Dos Santos.
This time it’s for all the marbles and Bigfoot is going to be beaming with confidence. We could have ourselves a brand new UFC Heavyweight Champion on Saturday.
Reason #2: To see if Mark Hunt can ride this Cinderella story all the way to a title shot.
Mark Hunt entered the UFC in 2010 riding five straight first round losses. Normally the UFC would never even sign someone like that but his contract was part of the Pride deal.
Hunt made his UFC debut at UFC 119 against Sean McCorkle and once against lost in the first round via submission. That was six losses in a row for the New Zealand born former K-1 Grand Prix Champion.
Then something happened. He won. Then he won again. Then he won again. Mark Hunt enters UFC 160 Saturday night having won his last four fights in a row including knockout wins over Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve in his last two outings.
He hits like a Mack truck and his chin is like granite and on Saturday he’s going to face former UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos. Dos Santos, known for his boxing, is likely going to stand and bang it out with Hunt — toe to toe these two behemoths will slug it out and one will be left standing, and it very well could be Mark Hunt.
Reason #3: To see if Glover Teixeira can win his 19th straight fight and move one step closer to a title shot with Jon Jones.
Eighteen straight wins. That’s the momentum Glover Teixeira carries with him into the Octagon at UFC 160 when he faces fellow light heavyweight James Te Huna.
A training partner of the legendary Chuck Liddell during his prime, Teixeira still trains with John Hackelman, Lidell’s longtime coach. There are a lot of eyeballs on Teixeira as one of the few fighters in the 205-pound division that could potentially give champion Jon Jones a run for his money.
Teixeira is 3-0 since making his UFC debut in 2012 and his last win was a unanimous decision over former champ Quinton Jackson in January. An impressive win on Saturday could move Teixeira very close to that shot at gold that is every fighter’s dream.
Check out the full “UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2” fight card.