On Saturday May 25th in Las Vegas, NV. the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held UFC 160 on pay per view, which not only brought out the interest and swarm of media and fans, but brought in friend of UFC President Dana White, “Iron” Mike Tyson. To be subtle, UFC fighters were certainly dressed to impress and brought forth a historic fight card and a night to remember for fight fans world wide.
UFC 160 had it all, from lightweight wars to the heavyweight clashes which capped off the night. Even as the night began on FX, the canvas was already covered with blood from the UFC’s Facebook preliminary bouts. The entire card, which was completely stacked with fighters from the lightest divisions to the baddest men on the planet squaring off in the nights main event.
Here’s a recap of the bloody night which was UFC 160: Velasquez vs Silva II:
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs K.J. Noons (Lightweight 155lbs)
Cerrone (20-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) took on UFC newcomer and Strikeforce crossover in Noons. Noons (11-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) quickly closed the distance with Cerrone, landing loud, punishing leg kicks which forced the “Cowboy” to quickly adjust and find his stride. Cerrone kept his composure and pushed forward landing knees, kicks and punishing right hands which seemed to slow Noons down.
Noons came out in the second and landed a beautiful spinning back fist, which proved to be his only huge highlight of the night. Cerrone quickly continued with his striking clinic, mixing in take downs which planted Noons on his back and drastically slowed him down after the 2nd round. “Cowboy” continued his ground and pound in the 3rd and would eventually get a win over Noons via unanimous decision.
Donald Cerrone defeats K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Grant (21-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) came into this bout with a four fight win streak, dominating his opponents on a recent tear the in the UFC’s lightweight division. Maynard (11-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC), who is no stranger to the lightweight division himself having come off of back to back championship wars with former UFC champion Frankie Edgar and a 5 round bout with Clay Guida.
Maynard and Grant immediately squared off, exchanging punch after punch early in the very first round. Although the two were throwing heat, Grant would get the better of each exchanging, hurting Maynard early and sending him to the canvas. Maynard would sloppily compose himself and get back up, only to be dropped once again and to be defeated in the 1st round.
T.J. Grant defeats Gray Maynard via TKO (Strikes) at 2:07 in Round 1
Teixeira (21-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was also coming into his UFC 160 light heavyweight bout on a win streak, winning 3 in a row only to make it 4 in a row with his submission win over Te Huna early in the 1st round.
Te Huna (16-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) was able to compose himself in the first round, stuffing a takedown but only to be taken down on the second attempt by the Brazilian. The fight would not last much longer as Teixeira would use his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu to smother Te Huna and finish him with a guillotine which began on the feet and ended on the mat.
Glover Teixeira defeats James Te Huna via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:38 in Round 1
The time had come for the heavyweight’s of the UFC to take center stage in Las Vegas. The co-main event of the main was a fan favorite fight squaring two the UFC’s elite heavyweight strikers to face off for the very first time. Cigano’s heavy hands and precise boxing was sure to be trouble for the former K1 Grand Prix champion, the “Super Samoan” Hunt.
Dos Santos surprisingly went toe-to-toe with Hunt (no pun intended), dropping the “Super Samoan” with a huge right hand reminiscent of Cain Velasquez vs JDS I. Hunt was easily able to redeem himself, landing vicious shots of his own which would back the former champ up to the cage. Once against the cage, Dos Santos would duck, cover and side step his way out of harms way. A move which proved to be most important as Hunt only seemed comfortable standing in front of Dos Santos if he were pressed and pressured against the cage.
Dos Santos was clearly the “swifter” of the two, as stated by the opponent (Hunt), Cigano would continue to press forward into Hunt’s (who suffered a broken toe early in the fight) range, landing those nasty overhands which took down the current champion. The shots showed little affect as Hunt would continue to throw everything he had until the 5th round.
14 minutes into the bout, Cigano would show his newly trained cardio and land one of the most impressive KO’s of his entire career. Dos Santos threw a spinning wheel kick which he had only practiced in the gym, never inside the octagon, and landed it right across the chin of Hunt, sending the former K1 Grand Prix champion down to the ground. Hunt was clearly unconscious as Dos Santos landed a few blows (just for closure…) across his chin, ending the fight and earning Cigano his right to face the winner of the next title bout.
Junior dos Santos defeats Mark Hunt via Knockout (Spinning Kick) at 4:19 in Round 3
As UFC commentator Mike Goldberg would say, “here we go…”. It was time for the two so called baddest men on the planet to face off inside the octagon. These two men were no strangers to one another, having faced off at UFC 146, a bout in where Cain (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) would completely and utterly destroy “Bigfoot’s” first appearance inside the UFC.
The rematch was now set after Silva (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) would put on a striking clinic himself later in the 3rd round of his bout opposite Alistair Overeem at UFC 156, claiming his spot as UFC’s #1 contender.
“Bigfoot” would impressively stuff a few of the champ’s takedowns early in the start of the 1st round. That came to an end as soon as Velasquez landed a jaw shattering right hand that would drop Silva. Cain would continue with his signature ground and pound and would force the referee to stop the championship bout in just 81 seconds of the first round.
This stoppage would raise a few eyebrows, but even if the call was a bit premature, the first minute of the fight clearly paved the way for how the rematch would continue/end up.
Velasquez finished the fight in the very first round, impressing media, fans and Mike Tyson alike. The rubber match is now set with JDS and Velasquez, although both have clearly expressed interest in spending some time off at home, which leaves plenty of time to set up the UFC’s year end card.
Cain Velasquez defeats Antonio Silva via TKO (Punches) at 1:21 in Round 1