UFC 160 results/photos: Cain Velasquez defends title, stops Antonio Silva early


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

LAS VEGAS – Fears that UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez’s rematch with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva would look exactly like the first fight turned out to be unfounded. This one was even quicker.

Velasquez dropped the challenger with a short right early on in the first round, and then wasted no time basting him with a torrent of follow-up punches as Silva struggled to regain his bearings. When Silva didn’t respond in time, referee Mario Yamasaki moved in to wave it off at the 1:21 mark of the first round.

The heavyweight title fight co-headlined Saturday’s UFC 160 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

“My game plan was moving a lot,” Velasquez said after the victory. “The important thing was not staying in front of him. Moving, looking for the takedown, looking for the punches, but never staying in front of him.”

That proved to be a sound strategy for Velasquez, who was the shorter, smaller man in the cage, but whose speed had given Silva problems in their first meeting a year ago. That one ended with Silva choking on his own blood less than four minutes into the fight. This one was over in half that time, and without the blood.

The win marks the first successful title defense in two tries for Velasquez, who took the UFC heavyweight title back from Junior dos Santos this past December after losing it to him in late 2011. With Velasquez winning his fight at UFC 160 and dos Santos knocking out heavyweight contender Mark Hunt in the night’s co-main event, the stage seems to be set for the two to meet in a rubber match.

“He looked good tonight,” Velasquez said of dos Santos. “He’s tough. He’s always been tough.”

Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who’s ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA heavyweight rankings, has now won three straight since suffering the only loss of his career in the knockout at the hands of dos Santos. Silva (18-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who ranked No. 7, loses for the first time since his first meeting with Velasquez a year ago.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 160 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan and Matt Erickson contributed to this report on-site in Las Vegas.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 15 views

The highly-anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson finally has a location. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 22 views

The highly-anticipated light heavyweight championship rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson finally has a location. read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 33 views

Because the bottom line ... is the bottom line. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones is no stranger to fighting in Canada, having recently defended his 205-pound strap in Toronto on a couple of occasions against Lyoto Machida (UFC 140) and Vitor Belfort (UFC 152). And yes, even Alexander Gustafsson (UFC 165). But now that UFC has ordered a second go-round between "Bones" and "The Mauler," which could prove to be the promotion's most lucrative pay-per-view (PPV read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 48 views

The rematch you've been dying to see is now reality, as Antonio Silva once again tangles with Andrei Arlovski this fall in Brasilia. Your eyes aren't deceiving you - Andrei Arlovski is a UFC main event fighter in 2014. To expand further, Arlovski will face Antonio Silva in a five-round fight on September 13th in the Brazilians capital of Brasilia. MMA Fighting confirmed the news first that was first reported by Combate. The main card will air live on Fox Sports 1. Silva (18-5, 1 NC) is coming of read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 18 views

LAS VEGAS – Renan Barao will get the rematch he was hoping for. The former bantamweight champion will get a shot at revenge against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177 on Aug. 30 in Dillashaw’s home base of Sacramento.Filed under: Featured, MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 58 views

See you in "Sin City." Canada? Pfffft. Sweden? As if. The Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson light heavyweight championship rematch, recently booked for the upcoming UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Sept. 27, 2014, now has a place to call home, according to promotion president Dana White. Well, sorta. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on Friday (July 4) announced the event would be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, but has yet to reveal an official venue, though both MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay ar read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 59 views

LAS VEGAS – Ronda Rousey defends her women’s bantamweight title again on Saturday night, and you might be hard pressed to find someone picking her to lose. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 193 views

LAS VEGAS - UFC president Dana White held his annual Fan Expo question-and-answer session with the fans on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As usual, the event was a mix of the serious, the less serious, and the absurd, ranging from detailed questions about the company's business to painful-to-watch attempts at business pitches. One thing the UFC boss did indicate, however, is that he could very well by on the same wavelength as the fans who want the much-discussed potential Ander read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 148 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White discusses job opportunities in the UFC, Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz, Joe Rogan's fighting future, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, and much more Friday evening at the UFC Fan Expo. read news >>