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Cain Velasquez vs. Bigfoot Silva Rematch, Dos Santos vs. Overeem Set for UFC 160 in May


(But other than that, how was the fight, Antonio? / Photo via Getty Images)

As first reported by a “random Irish person” and officially confirmed last night on UFC Tonight, Cain Velasquez will defend his heavyweight title at UFC 160 (May 25th, Las Vegas) in a rematch against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, just one year after Velasquez tore Silva apart at UFC 146. Though Bigfoot is coming off back-to-back stoppages of Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem, the news still comes as a bit of a surprise; even Bigfoot’s management felt that he should win a couple more fights before testing his fate against Cain Velasquez again.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many better options in the heavyweight division right now. Velasquez won’t fight his teammate Daniel Cormier, and the rest of the UFC’s heavyweight contenders either have their next fight booked already, or lack the kind of hype that Bigfoot currently carries after his comeback win over The Reem. And what are you going to do, have your champion sit out until a totally legitimate contender emerges? Come on. That’s not how you run a business.

So will Velasquez smash Antonio Silva for the second time, or should we start preparing for “The Bigfoot Era”? (Step one: Stock up on canned goods. Step two: Limber up.) In other UFC 160 heavyweight booking news…

Fresh off his five-round thumping at the hands of Cain Velasquez at UFC 155, former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos will return to action against the aforementioned Alistair Overeem, who saw his stock plummet when he imploded against Antonio Silva at UFC 156. The optimist in me says that Overeem has learned his lesson about underestimating his opponents, and will be much more focused in his next outings. But who knows, maybe Overeem is nothing without his drugs. (Cro Cop’s words, not ours.) Your predictions, please.

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judiqw- February 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Mike_Goldberg- February 13, 2013 at 12:54 pm
Lets look at how Overeem controlled Bighead in the first two rounds... Now lets look how cain controls everyone.. Not good for pumpkinhead
ronburgundy- February 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm
they tried giving overeem a tune up fight and he made an idiot of himself
Hesh to Steel- February 13, 2013 at 11:33 am
As much as I like Bigfoot's attitude, I can't buy into the hype train. He beat Browne because Browne got hurt, and Overeem beat himself by not being motivated enough to train hard or even keep his damn hands up. Cain is a consummate professional, always paired and never underestimates his opponent.

We've basically seen two Overeems in the recent past. There's the Overeem from the Werdum/Bigfoot fights and the Overeem from the Lesnar fight. For Werdum and Bigfoot he was out of shape (training injury during camp for Werdum and stupidity for Bigfoot). I think he'd be motivated for the JDS bout, but that's no guarantee that he'll win.

Also think it's somewhat ineffective for the UFC to have Overeem and JDS fight each other. Give them each a tuneup fight or two and then title shots.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 13, 2013 at 11:27 am
Overroid ain't shit without the juice. He juiced for so long he probably can't run the ridiculous machine he built without it at this point.

All this just sets up the 2013 campaign of Mark Hunt for President.
cman- February 13, 2013 at 11:01 am
* send that man a t-shirt. *
Someone send that man a t-shirt pronto.
El Guapo- February 13, 2013 at 10:56 am
* Reem was juicing then more than a 100 year old without teeth

Send(wink, wink) that man a t-shirt pronto!
Pen Fifteen- February 13, 2013 at 10:18 am
@RNS
Two things:

1. You aren't accounting for the fact that this is post-roids Reem. He never technically outstruck anyone in K1 (see, e.g. the Bonjasky fight), hey just mauled them with pure power (e.g. the Saki and Aerts fights in 2010). Shit, he even lost his most recent match with Badr Hari, which you neglect to mention. K1 creds mean fuck-all in MMA. If you need more proof, see Mousasi v. Jardine, Manhoef v. Lawler/Kennedy/Dong, Schilt v. anyone, etc.

2. At what point did Cain "outstrike" JDS? Yes, he caught him in the first round, which did the vast majority of the damage, but the takedowns and GNP were central to that. But JDS already KOed Cain standing in the first fight. This hardly exposes JDS as having overrated boxing. Do you really think Reem will be able to occupy JDS with the threat of the takedown the way Cain could? Unlikely.
Mr_Misanthropy- February 13, 2013 at 11:31 am
I don't really see that there is anything to add to these salient points... other than Silva doesn't have a snowball's chance in the Amazon jungle...
cman- February 13, 2013 at 10:17 am
Spoon, I might agree minus a few minor problems:
* Reem was training overseas then and was training more for K-1 than MMA.
* Reem was juicing then more than a 100 year old without teeth. Aside from strength gain it adds to aggression, pain threshold, and stamina. Things he naturally does not have.
* he's at Blackzillas now ( yup they are my thing now) and there has never been a career killer worse since junk bonds. Who there is going to improve his stand up? Hell even fine tune it? Rashad at Jackson's I saw having a shot with Jones. Blackzilla Shad? Lost to little nog, let that sink in.
RearNakedSpoon- February 13, 2013 at 10:00 am
To balance out the stupidity so far, I'm going to go far over the other side and say Overeem by KO.

Overeem Publicly said that he did not respect Bigfoots standup, he backed that up by how he fought Bigfoot and absolutely would not have done the same with JDS.
Cain got the better of JDS in the standup so clearly JDS has overhyped boxing and Overeem has fought much better pure strikers like Badr Hari without ever getting KO'd but actually winning by KO.

Prove me wrong JDS.
smiledriver- February 13, 2013 at 9:39 am
Well that's it for Overeem. JDS is gonna stomp a mudhole in his ass and walk it dry. I for one couldn't be happier. The guy is a cheat.
teep- February 13, 2013 at 9:39 am
Here we go with Dana's favorite thing: The threepeat! If someone wins a fight, they won the fight. Let's move on.
The12ozCurls- February 13, 2013 at 8:53 am
Damn!
Ric Flair is jealous of Bigfoot's crimson mask in that pic.
cman- February 13, 2013 at 8:38 am
Taco, you don't think a bed full of hot brazillian chicks is more motivational than JDS's ex?!?!
Cain beats Bigfoot until he's pretty.
Reem blackzillas JDS: meaning its winnable but he won't be motivated or prepared so gets creamed. I'm betting Rashad is giving giving him tic tacs right now and saying they are roids and will give him certainly to 'clean his system' later.
Fried Taco- February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am
I think if JDS has his hands full with hot brazilian chicks, he is too complacent because life is good and everything, he loves everyone and is a happy, easy-going guy. If he is stuck with his ex, then he is pissed at life and wants to beat the living crap out of someone. That's what I consider motivation!
smellypiratehooker- February 13, 2013 at 8:16 am
I wonder if Dana will change his tune about not wanting Jon Jones to go up to heavyweight for awhile considering this recycling of the top guys in the devision is starting to resemble the flyweights.
Fried Taco- February 13, 2013 at 7:48 am
JDS vs Cain trying to get his belt back. I think he can do it, as long as he kicks the hot babes out of his bed and takes his wife back. A guy needs a reason to beat the piss out of someone.
Pen Fifteen- February 13, 2013 at 7:44 am
Fucking stupid. I wouldn't pay a red cent to watch Cain-Bigfoot too. Unless it's on the same card as JDS-Reem, which may as well be a title fight.

And what's the point of JDS-Reem other than to try to ditch Reem's salary? JDS will get a rematch with Cain no matter what. It's easily the biggest HW matchup the UFC could make with the present roster. So why not have JDS smash somebody else and try to build Reem back up as a contender?
MorningwoodII- February 13, 2013 at 7:41 am
I'd say Antonio injures his "big foot" and cannot compete. Overeem kicks JDS so hard in the head JDS remarries his ex-wife and claims he's nothing without her.
Alan K- February 13, 2013 at 7:03 am
Overeem vs. JDS? Well, looks like Horsemeat ain't getting a title shot this year.
Big Daddy Duker- February 13, 2013 at 6:56 am
I wish that masterbaitntackle was wrong, but I must agree on both points.
samclark- February 13, 2013 at 6:28 am
I can't see bigfoot winning. I'll always be interested to watch any 4 of those fighters though.
masterbaitntackle- February 13, 2013 at 6:20 am
Bigfoot gets prison raped by Cain V. again and JDS knocks out Overeem
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