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on June 10, 2013
UFC 160 is, in my mind, tied at this point in the year for the best pay-per-view of the year. Having said that I still think it was missing that special something that makes a card unforgettable but that's just my personal opinion.
The prelims are overall an alright addition to the card, and when I say that I mean that it's not gonna be one of the highlights of buying this event. In all there were only 2 finishes throughout the entire prelim card and among the rest that are decisions only one or two are truly worth watching. Again, it doesn't hurt but it won't be one of your main reasons for getting the set.
The first fight of the main card was something fans had good reason to be excited for. Any fan of Donald Cerrone knows it doesn't take much for him to have a exciting fight, whether that's a heated contest or quick finish. So, when it was announced that "The Cowboy" would welcome a newcomer into the UFC I was pretty excited, especially given that it was KJ Noons. KJ Noons is best known as the guy who beat Nick Diaz for the EliteXC Lightweight title back in 2007. His rematch against Diaz in Strikeforce did not produce the same results and since then he hasn't been able to get back the same momentum. Noons looked to change that in his UFC debut against Cerrone. Oddly enough, in what I thought was going to be one of the closest fights of the night this turned into a rather one-sided affair that went on to be quite a bloody beating. It's not the most exciting fight but strategically I think the winner did the right thing in securing a victory. Unfortunately it made the loser look rather weak.
The second fight of the night is typically the kind of fight that's reserved for co-main event status as it was for number one contendership. This particular title shot was between Gray Maynard and TJ Grant. Gray Maynard is most well known for his two fight of the year candidates against Frankie Edgar in 2011. Since then he earned a victory over Clay Guida before a knee injury took him out of competition for a almost full year. This fight against Grant would mark his return to competition and he had plenty of motivation to come in prepared. In Grant we have a fighter who has gone on a 4 fight win streak since coming down to lightweight from the welterweight division, holding victories over Evan Dunham and Matt Wiman. Given that both men have a great basis in grappling and legitimate power in their hands this looked to be a very interesting chess match with no telling where the fight could go. As it would turn out there really wasn't much time for much of a match at all as there general feeling out process is about the only buffer between the beginning of the fight and the end. The finish comes quickly and brutally before the halfway mark of the first round and it sends a clear message to current champion Benson Henderson that a legitimate challenger is coming for his title.
Next up was Glover Teixeira taking on James Te Huna. Teixeira has certainly made a name for himself since coming to the UFC. People took notice right away with his dominate debut against Kyle Kingsbury but it wasn't until his vicious beating on Fábio Maldonado did people seriously look at him as legitimate contender. Unfortunately the hype train that was the Teixeira express slowed down due to his match against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. While he was dominate in victory he was unable to finish Jackson nor put on an exciting match. So, it was interesting to see what he could do in his next fight. James Te Huna was coming in on short notice as he replaced Teixeira's original opponent Ryan Bader. James Te Huna has had a pretty impressive run in the light heavyweight division with a 6-1 record and a current 4 fight win streak, so it looked as though Teixeira was going to have his work cut out for him. In what would go on to be the second of two first round finishes this fight gets started quickly and ends quickly. The fight doesn't really give much time or space for a feeling out process before the finish comes along. The finish itself is impressive and really sends a message to the rest of the division to the standing of the fighter.
The co-main event may be the most interesting fight of the night for several reasons. First off, it's the first fight Junior dos Santos has had since his defeat at the hand of Cain Velasquez in which he lost his heavyweight title. He was completely dominated for five rounds and many wondered how he would bounce back after a performance like that. Second, he was fighting Mark Hunt, who for all intensive purposes was going through his own version of "Rocky" it seemed. He seemed to be written off as the guy everyone expected to lose when he suffered 6 straight losses which included his UFC debut and then he turned it all around with one big knockout of Chris Tuchscherer. He went on to beat Ben Rothwell be decision and in even bigger fashion go and knockout Cheick Kongo and Stefan Struve back to back. Going into this fight Dana White went on record saying that if Mark Hunt could do it one more time, and pull off another win, he would get a title shot. The final reason this was a highly anticipated fight was that both men are clear knockout players who pack dynamite in their hands and many people expected this to be one of the best fights of the year based on the two fighters styles. Personally, this fight was fun but frustrating at the same time. I liked that both men went at it for most of the fight but it seemed pretty one sided in my opinion. Just a matter of speed and size. It should be noted however that the finish, which comes late in the final round, is worth seeing. It was definitely one hell of a finish.
Then we come to the main event, Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight title against Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. I'll be honest, I was a bit surprised when I initially heard that Silva was getting a title shot against Velasquez since Velasquez had just beat Silva a year ago, and in devastating fashion I might add. It was in large part due to Velasquez's performance over Silva that he got the title shot that would eventually lead him back to being champion in the first place. The I thought about it though and it did make sense. Silva had knocked out both Travis Browne and Alistair Overeem back to back since losing to Velasquez and his finish of both men were devastating. So, after dominating Junior dos Santos could Velasquez pull off another amazing performance and secure his place as champion or would Silva pull off another upset victory and knockout the champion? Well, in traditional heavyweight style this fight ends quickly and brutally. The feeling out process seems to go out the window pretty quickly on this one and then not much longer the fight ends. I'll admit, I think the finish may come a bit early but I still believe the finish would have been the same nonetheless.
Overall, it's a pretty damn good card filled with a number of great finishes both by submission and knockout. Personally though, I just feel like this card is missing that special something that makes a card amazing. While I love a good finish I think it boils down to the fact that there's wasn't an all-out drag of a fight which I think would have balanced out the card. Other people can point out to the dos Santos/Hunt fight as being that fight but I disagree, while it certainly had its moments it was far from amazing and it was almost completely one-sided. So, I think the card is worth a buy but if you're looking to hold off then it's alright but at least check it out.