UFC 160 snuck up on us during Memorial Day weekend but it left a lasting mark in a few different areas of the mixed martial arts world. A heavyweight title tilt along with a number of other important bouts in various weight classes were featured throughout the evening.
At the top of the card Cain Velasquez defended his heavyweight belt for the first time and did so in a very dominating fashion. He needed less time in this bout to finish off Antonio Silva than their first contest last year. Velasquez dropped his opponent and then pummeled him with punches forcing Mario Yamasaki to stop the fight at the 1:21 of the first round.
Velasquez defending his title gave room to set up the third bout between himself and Junior dos Santos who was also victorious on the card. In the co-main event JDS was able to defeat the cult-favorite Mark Hunt to stake his claim for another title shot at some point in the coming months.
Dos Santos dropped Hunt in the opening frame of their matchup and continued to dominate throughout the fight. By the time the fight was over it was apparent that JDS was the better striker of the two, as he landed crisp strikes almost at will. The end came at the 4:18 point when dos Santos landed a big spinning heel kick that dropped Hunt and finished him with a straight right hand; bringing Hunt’s four-fight win streak to an end.
Glover Teixeira continued to climb up the light heavyweight division by stopping James Te Huna in the first round via a guillotine choke. Te Huna was filling in for Ryan Bader who was originally expected to face the Brazilian and brought a strong win streak into the Octagon with him.
However, he was quickly taken to the ground and peppered with strikes. Te Huna tried to get back to his feet but the opening allowed Glover to not only pull guard but entangle Te Huna’s arms at the same time. The end came at 2:38 in the first round and bumped Teixeira’s win streak to 19 straight.
In what may be considered one of the surprises on the night, TJ Grant stopped Gray Maynard in the first round of their lightweight contendership fight.
Grant caught Maynard with a right hand that floored the former number one contender then finished him off with a volley of strikes that brought the fight to a close at the 2:07 mark. This was just the second time that Maynard was defeated in 13 UFC appearances. Grant, who has looked impressive since dropping down to lightweight in 2011, increased his win streak to five straight contests.
With this win Grant has placed himself in position to be the next man to face Benson Henderson for his lightweight title.
For fifteen minutes Donald Cerrone battered a bloody K.J. Noons in route to winning their Pay per View opening fight.
Cerrone outclassed Noons across various aspects of mixed martial arts as he scored with takedowns, ground strikes and winning standing exchanges. The former EliteXC Champion was unable to take command of the fight in any area and the judges’ scorecards agreed to the tone of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
With this defeat Noons has dropped five of his last six fights while Cerrone has won three of four fights.
UFC 160 was a good showing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s yearly Memorial Day card. Matchmakers have their big main event to plan around going forward and a number of fighters set themselves up for good matchups in the future. Next up for the UFC is UFC on Fuel TV 10 which is set for Saturday, June 8th.
Complete UFC 160 Card and Results:
Cain Velasquez defeated Antonio Silva via TKO: 1:21 of Round 1
Junior dos Santos defeated Mark Hunt via KO: 4:18 of Round 3
Glover Teixeira defeated James Te Huna via Submission: 2:38 of Round 1
T.J. Grant defeated Gray Maynard via TKO: 2:07 of Round 1
Donald Cerrone defeated K.J. Noons via Unanimous Decision
Mike Pyle defeated Rick Story via Split Decision
Dennis Bermudez defeated Max Holloway via Split Decision
Robert Whittaker defeated Colton Smith via TKO: 0:41 seconds of Round 3
Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Abel Trujillo via Unanimous Decision
Stephen Thompson defeated Nah-Shon Burrell via Unanimous Decision
George Roop defeated Brian Bowles via TKO: 1:43 of Round 2
Jeremy Stephens defeated Estevan Payan via Unanimous Decision