UFC 160 is already getting me aroused

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, UFC Events
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glover-teixeiraIt’s about 7 degrees in Minneapolis right now. With that in mind, I don’t think it’s too early to think about summer. Specifically, I’d like to take a look at UFC 160, which will be held over Memorial Day weekend. With two new matchups being named yesterday, this event is really taking shape. Let’s take a look at the fights already booked for this ever-growing card shall we?

Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. What’s bigger than a heavyweight title fight in combat sports? Sure, we’ve seen this before and it didn’t end very gracefully, but Bigfoot is on a bit of a roll. Who knows? Honestly, this is a buffer fight for the division. It’s one of those fights that kinda makes sense, but we all think we know the outcome and we’re just waiting around for “real” title fight like Cain vs. Werdum or JDS III. Wait…didn’t we already count Bigfoot out in his last 2 fights?

Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem. I think this one is going to be more highly anticipated than the main event. Two standup giants throwing down is about as good as it gets. This one could be really fun, and it could actually determine the next title contender. And it could also be a second straight loss for one of these guys. If it’s Overeem, it will no doubt lend credence to his many detractors out there who call him a fraud.

Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons.  This one is has “FOTN” written all over it. It also has bounce back fight written all over it for Cowboy. After a tough loss to Anthony Pettis, Cerrone needs this win to stay in the mix at 155. And that’s exactly where the UFC wants him. Noons is in the midst of losing 4 of his last 5 fights and probably doesn’t have a real role in the lightweight landscape, other than putting on a good fight or two.

Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira. I’ll give the UFC credit. They’ve really worked hard to give the light heavyweight division a new identity by building new stars to throw at Jon Jones. With Gustafsson already making the jump to worthy contender, Teixeira is close. And honestly, Bader isn’t far either. I’m beginning to think his horrific loss to Tito was nothing but a fluke. Whoever wins this will be deemed “next.”

Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson vs. Guy UFC doesn’t want to win. Of course that “guy” is Amir Sadollah. Amir is kind of a company guy with no real potential to go anywhere in the company. Wonderboy on the other hand is a guy the UFC would LOVE to elevate. After suffering his first ever loss last time out, Sadollah’s job will be to walk around the cage very slowly with his head exposed.

That’s five quality fights already booked for Memorial Day and I’m sure they’ll announce plenty more in the coming weeks. So far, I’m on the edge of my seat for this one.

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