Velasquez took out Antonio Silva early and brutally. | Josh
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This time Cain
needed less than a minute and a half.
Velasquez (12-1, 10-1 UFC) stopped Antonio
Silva with a crisp counter right hand and follow-up
ground-and-pound, as the American Kickboxing Academy ace retained
the Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight crown in the
UFC 160 headliner on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in
Las Vegas. Referee Mario Yamasaki intervened on the fallen Silva’s
behalf 1:21 into round one.
“Bigfoot” denied a pair of takedown attempts from the two-time NCAA
All-American wrestler, but he had no answer for Velasquez’s speed
and technique on the feet. The champion countered an ill-advised
right uppercut from Silva (18-5, 2-2 UFC) with a left jab and
straight right, dropping the monstrous challenger to a knee.
Velasquez then swarmed with punches for the finish.
“I don’t think about it as defending the title,” he said. “I want
to win every fight against the best guys. [The belt] just comes
along with it, and I was blessed tonight. My game plan was [to
move] a lot while looking for takedowns and punches but to never
stand in front of him.”
Dos Santos Scores Dramatic KO on Hunt
Dos Santos layed Hunt down and out.
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champion Junior dos
knocked out 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Mark Hunt
a sensational spinning hook kick and a follow-up standing-to-ground
punch 4:18 into the third round. The 28-year-old Team Nogueira
representative has rattled off 11 wins in 12 appearances.
Dos Santos (16-2, 10-1 UFC) leveled the 39-year-old kiwi with a
ringing overhand right in the first round, paired a series of jabs
with a takedown in the second and staggered Hunt (9-8, 4-2 UFC)
with a left hook in the third.
He survived more than one encounter with Hunt’s ruthless left hook,
the same punch that left Dutchman Stefan
Struve with a broken jaw in March.
The kick came out of nowhere and sent Hunt careening to the canvas.
Dos Santos then drove his right hand straight down into his fallen
counterpart’s face, briefly separating him from consciousness. With
that, Hunt’s four-fight winning streak was over.
Teixeira Guillotine Submits Te Huna
Te Huna was no match for Teixeira.
submitted James Te
with a first-round guillotine choke in a featured light
heavyweight battle. Te Huna (16-6, 5-2 UFC), who replaced injured
“The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 winner Ryan Bader
conceded defeat 2:38 into round one, his four-fight winning streak
a thing of the past.
Teixeira (21-2, 4-0 UFC) struck for a takedown inside the first
minute and softened his opponent with ground-and-pound. As Te Huna
attempted to return to his feet, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt
snatched an arm-in guillotine, jumped to guard and coaxed the
Teixeira has won 19 consecutive fights, finishing 14 of them in the
Grant punched his ticket for a title shot.
Grant Finishes Maynard, Lands Title Shot
Surging Canadian T.J. Grant
American Kickboxing Academy
with a violent first-round striking volley in a
high-stakes title eliminator at 155 pounds. Maynard (11-2-1, 9-2-1
UFC) succumbed to the blows 2:07 into round one.
The two lightweights traded heavy artillery from the start. Grant
(21-5, 8-3 UFC) chopped down the 33-year-old with a straight right
hand, followed him to the mat and let loose with unfettered
They found their mark, along with a brutal knee to the chin, and
Maynard ultimately wilted under the punishment, giving Grant the
most significant win of his career.
The victory, Grant’s fifth in a row, likely thrusts the 29-year-old
into a forthcoming title bout against lightweight champion Benson
Cerrone controlled Noons for three rounds.
Cerrone Batters, Downs Noons
Well-timed takedowns, savage ground-and-pound and a multi-pronged
standup attack carried Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts standout
to a unanimous verdict over former EliteXC
champion K.J. Noons
All three cageside judges scored it for Cerrone (20-5, 7-2 UFC):
30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
Noons (11-7, 0-1 UFC) was simply outgunned. Cerrone chipped away
with kicks to the inside and outside of the 30-year-old’s legs, all
while mixing in takedowns when the situation called for them.
The “Cowboy” unleashed his elbows in the second round, carving up
Noons and slowly sapping his resolve. By round three, he was a
mangled shell of his former self, bleeding from cuts near both
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