UFC 162 will take place on May 25th 2013 in Las Vegas Nevada. For the main event Cain Velasquez will seek to make his first ever title defence while opponent, Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva looks to become the Heavyweight Champion with an upset victory.
The event has been named "Velasquez vs Silva II" because the two fighters have already faced each other once. In what was Silva's first UFC bout and Velasquez' first fight after losing the belt to Junior Dos Santos, Velasquez dominated the Brazilian Bigfoot from start to finish. The battle, which was more of a one-sided beating, ended in the first round.
This happened almost exactly a year ago on May 26th 2012. Since then Bigfoot has put on two impressive performances finishing an undefeated Travis Brown and then dispatching of heavy favourite Alistair Overeem with a vicious second round knockout.
However, no matter how many fights go by Silva will never forget the beating he received at the hands of the current champion. Velasquez utilised his superior speed and wrestling skills early on.
The first kick Silva threw was caught by the Mexican Champion who then, with lightening fast speed, took Silva down held him on his back for the rest of the fight and beat his opponent into oblivion also cutting him badly with a ferocious elbow in the process.
For the exact same reasons that Velasquez was successful in their first bout, he will once again be successful. Although Cain is over twenty pounds lighter than his opponent he is much quicker, has vastly superior cardio and stamina and, in my opinion, is also the better striker.
Velasquez has finished many opponents such as Minotauro Nogueira and Brock Lesnar with his combination of fast paced tempo and outstanding kickboxing skills.
Silva is undoubtedly the heavier puncher and if he does connect cleanly on his opponents chin the champ may go down.
But that is easier said than done as by the time Silva winds up and throws his punch Velasquez will likely have already landed three punches and have backed out of the danger zone.
In addition to this Cain is arguably the best wrestler in the heavyweight division and as he showed in the first fight with Silva, if he gets his opponent on his back and is able to keep him there it will be a long and painful night for Antonio Bigfoot Silva who despite all this is convinced he will emerge with his hand raised on Saturday night.
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