The main event for UFC 160 in Las Vegas is now upon us. As both champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva are now on the eve of battle, the only thing left is an old-fashioned game of fisticuffs. In anticipation of this sensational match, Caged Insider brings to you yet another prediction to whet your appetite until action begins. In case you didn’t get the opportunity to read previous undercard predictions, you can find the Facebook and FX prelims here and the Pay-Per-View main undercard here.

Heavyweight Title Main Event

Cain Velasquez (11-1, 9-1 UFC) vs. Antonio Silva (18-4, 2-1 UFC)

While this rematch between Velasquez and “Bigfoot” may, at first, appear to offer no surprises or excitement, as the champ absolutely steamrolled the Brazilian almost a year ago to the day, this time their bout carries considerably larger repercussions. Velasquez was a man on a mission after getting throttled by Junior Dos Santos in their championship fight just six months prior. Now, the tide has changed, as “Bigfoot” is the man with something to prove and Velasquez seeks to remain the proud champion. UFC gold and the recognition as the world’s best heavyweight is now on the line.

Heavyweight king Cain Velasquez is everything you’d ever look for in a champion. He’s an exceptional wrestler, has astounding cardio, and is gifted with extraordinary resiliency unmatched by any human walking the earth. While one of his many gifts certainly is not his imposing stature, he more than makes up for it with his unmatched quickness at heavyweight. Even considering his size, he still possesses remarkable strength and can strike with anyone in the division. Velasquez also holds a near perfect record in his career. The one blemish, a knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos, was avenged in an impressive five-round domination to regain the title. Velasquez will carry that momentum into tomorrow night with his sights set on further cementing his already significant legacy in the UFC.

Antonio Silva, known to the world as “Bigfoot”, is exactly what the moniker would suggest. A hulking, lumbering heavyweight, he uses his considerable size and strength to his advantage. Although he goes into this fight with an air of uncertainty, thanks to the beating he received from the champ just under a year ago, he is known for his ability to leave the past where it is and show up when it counts. A long-time member of the famous American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, he uses solid striking and very good top ground control to hurt any man silly enough not to take him serious. At UFC 156, he weathered an early barrage from Alistair Overeem, and after Overeem took to taunting the massive Brazilian, “Bigfoot” rallied in the third round and battered the former Strikeforce and K-1 GP champ with strikes en route to a knockout win. With an improved game plan and a new-found confidence, Silva will hope to change the outcome this time around.

Never one to underestimate any man, Cain will come out with the same fast-paced, freight train style as always and run over the larger “Bigfoot” until there’s nothing left to resist the champ. Velasquez takes this one in the same dominating fashion he’s famous for and retains his title by TKO again.


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