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How will things be different? That’s the big question heading into the UFC 160 main event rematch between champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva.
When the two heavyweights fought last year – precisely 364 days before their May 25 meeting in Las Vegas – Velasquez had just lost his championship belt in a stunning 64-second knockout to Junior dos Santos. With something to prove, Velasquez took just six seconds to take Silva to the ground, where he spent the next three-and-a-half minutes punching and elbowing Silva’s Easter Island statue of a head into a bloody pulp until the referee stopped the slaughter.
Velasquez then reclaimed his heavyweight crown in a five-round war with dos Santos in December while Silva earned his title shot – and the chance to prove he’s capable of more than being a punching bag – by knocking out Alistair Overeem, a behemoth kickboxer of near-mythic proportions.
Smart money has Velasquez retaining his title, although Silva has a win over the once-legendary and near-invincible Fedor Emelianenko, and he can take a beating like nobody’s business. So anything can happen.
The co-main event was expected to be dos Santos versus Overeem, but when Overeem pulled out with an injury he was replaced by Samoan slugger Mark Hunt, who’s riding a four-fight winning streak and possesses an iron jaw and anvil fists.
Hunt’s fellow Kiwi James Te-Huna will step up to face dangerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight tilt, while a pair of lightweight showdowns round out the main card: Donald Cerrone will meet KJ Noons and Gray Maynard takes on TJ Grant, with the winner of that bout earning a shot at lightweight champ Benson Henderson.
• Event date: Saturday May 25, 2013
• Event time: 10 p.m. ET
• Event venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
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