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Monday, 05/13/2013, 01:05 pm

Cain Velasquez predicts that Junior dos Santos will beat Mark Hunt

Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is looking to defend his belt against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on May 25 at UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2. If Velasquez (11-1) defends his belt against Silva (18-4), he would possibly face the winner between Junior dos Santos (15-2) versus Mark Hunt (9-7). They’re also slated to fight at UFC 160 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Last month, UFC President Dana White announced at the UFC 159 post-fight press conference that dos Santos would be the No. 1 contender for a title shot if he beats Hunt at UFC 160. Dos Santos lost the UFC heavyweight belt to Velasquez last December.

Velasquez recently did an interview with MMA Fighting and he thinks that both fighters have heavy hands.

“Both Junior and Mark have heavy hands, have good stand up,” he said to MMA Fighting. “[Hunt winning] could happen. Either one could win in this fight just because of both scenarios, both guys having good hands and being good on their feet. If he beats Junior, or Junior beats him, both of those guys deserve the shot at the title.”

In the end, Velasquez predicts that dos Santos will win the fight against Hunt.

“He’s more well-rounded,” Velasquez told MMA Fighting. “I don’t know, I just think he’s more skilled in the stand up a little bit.”

If the fight goes in dos Santos’ favor, he will get a shot of the winner of the main-event fight between Velasquez and Silva. Dos Santos faced Velasquez twice in the UFC. Dos Santos knocked Velasquez out in November 2011 at UFC on FOX 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos in the first round and was named the UFC heavyweight champion. He lost his belt last December at UFC 155: Dos Santos vs. Velasquez 2 by unanimous decision, which was his first loss in the UFC.

Velasquez faced Silva last May via technical knockout in the first round at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Mir. Since then, Silva won his last two fights. He last defeated Alistair Overeem via knockout in the third round in February at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar.

A rubber match is not guaranteed with dos Santos and Velasquez. If Silva defeats Velasquez for the belt, then Santos and Silva can possibly go head-to-head if both fighters win that night.

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  1. Sean says:

    Uhh.. Tell me something I didn’t already know. Hunt has as real of a chance of winning as James Toney did against Rany Couture and everyone that has seen Mark Hunt over the years knows exactly what I’m talking about. He’s got a punchers chance and that’s it. He’s a .500 MMA fighter at best and would get beat by anyone who can simply take him down. His boxing isn’t nearly as JDS either and in case you didn’t see Cain v JDS 2, no one is knocking JDS out anytime soon. Even a few punches on the button likely wont hurt JDS.

    JDS all day, easy $. I’m better $4,000 to win $1,000 on this next weekend at -400. The real line should be -1200.

  2. tincat says:

    @Sean

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you should form that opinion based on factual truth.

    As ‘anyone that as seen Mark Hunter over the years knows’ he was thrown to the wolves in his early MMA days where he had no wrestling/bjj defense as yet and went in as one of the best strikers around.

    Let’s look at his loss’s
    Barnett at his peak
    Fedor at his peak
    Mousasi in is prime
    Manhoef when he was a bad man
    Alistair who we know is great

    And I think he’s atoned for that McCorkle loss with recent wins over much better opponents.

    His striking is out of site
    His fitness has come back leaps and bounds
    His grappling skills are enough to deal with JDS (but not cain imo)

    It will be a great fight.

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