Champion Cain Velasquez, Challenger Antonio Silva on Weight for UFC 160 Headliner


Antonio Silva does not have fond memories of his first encounter with Cain Velasquez, a brief but bloody affair that resulted in his being stopped by gruesome ground-and-pound at UFC 146. Nearly a year to the day later, “Bigfoot” has a chance to erase them.

The monstrous Silva tipped the scales at 263 pounds, as he primes to challenge Velasquez (240) for his Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight crown in the UFC 160 main event on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Co-headliners Junior dos Santos (239) and Mark Hunt (264) also hit their intended marks at Friday’s official weigh-in.

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Velasquez last appeared at UFC 155 in December, when he dominated his rematch with dos Santos and reclaimed the heavyweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision. The 30-year-old Salinas, Calif., native was a two-time NCAA All-American wrestler and two-time Pac-10 conference champion at Arizona State University. Spawned by the American Kickboxing Academy, Velasquez has compiled a stellar 9-1 mark since joining the UFC in 2008.

An American Top Team representative, Silva last fought at UFC 156 in February, when he upset former Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem and delivered one of the year’s most violent knockouts at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Wins over former UFC heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski, Russian icon Fedor Emelianenko and Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts standout Travis Browne anchor the 33-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt’s resume. Silva owns a modest 2-1 record inside the Octagon.

UFC 160 “Velasquez vs. Silva 2” -- which airs live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT -- also features a light heavyweight tilt pitting Glover Teixeira (205) against James Te Huna (206) and a pair of lightweight scraps, as Gray Maynard (156) meets T.J. Grant (155) and Donald Cerrone (155) locks horns with K.J. Noons (156).

Two hours prior, the FX network will carry four preliminary matchups: Mike Pyle (170) vs. Rick Story (169), Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Max Holloway (145), Colton Smith (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (171) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (158.5) vs. Abel Trujillo (155). The three remaining undercards bouts will stream to the UFC’s Facebook page at 6:35 p.m. ET/3:35 p.m. PT, as Stephen Thompson (170) faces Nah-Shon Burrell (*171), former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Brian Bowles (135) collides with George Roop (135) and Jeremy Stephens (146) toes the line against Arizona Combat Sports export Estevan Payan (145).

UFC 160 ‘Velasquez vs. Silva 2’ Weigh-In Results:


Cain Velasquez (240) vs. Antonio Silva (263)
Junior dos Santos (239) vs. Mark Hunt (264)
Glover Teixeira (205) vs. James Te Huna (206)
Gray Maynard (156) vs. T.J. Grant (155)
Donald Cerrone (155) vs. K.J. Noons (156)
Mike Pyle (170) vs. Rick Story (169)
Dennis Bermudez (146) vs. Max Holloway (145)
Colton Smith (170) vs. Robert Whittaker (171)
Khabib Nurmagomedov (*158.5) vs. Abel Trujillo (155)
Stephen Thompson (170) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (*171)
Brian Bowles (135) vs. George Roop (135)
Jeremy Stephens (146) vs. Estevan Payan (145)

* Burrell made weight on his second attempt. Nurmagomedov failed to hit his contracted mark and will be fined 20 percent of his purse.

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