The UFC 146: Dos Santos vs Mir event is set to take place this Saturday, May 26th at 7PM/10PM PT/ET in Las Vegas, Nevada from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. 1/5 of the heavyweight bouts on the card is Cain Velasquez vs Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, it is set to take place right before the main event.
Antonio Silva will have a 5 inch reach advantage, will come in at least 20 pounds heavier and is the taller fighter by 3 inches. He has a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Karate and Judo and has almost double the pro MMA experience than Velasquez. But all that doesn’t match against Cain’s overall skill level.
Velasquez is a well-rounded fighter who is very strong in his stand up game. Although he hasn’t exhibited great ground skills (he doesn’t have any submission wins and he wasn’t able to cover up intelligently on the ground when he got dropped by Junior dos Santos), he has great take down defense thanks to his NCAA Division I wrestling background. Both fighters have strong KO power and lots of first round wins.
A big reason why Cain Velasquez has the advantage over the taller, heavier Antonio Silva is that he doesn’t over commit to his punches like Big Foot does. Silva ate numerous amounts of punches from Daniel Cormier in his last bout because he got off-balance after swinging for the fences and wasn’t covering up fast enough after striking. You have to also keep in mind that Velasquez trains and spars with Daniel Cormier (who recently defeated Josh Barnett and gave Silva his last loss) so he will get first hand tips from his training buddy. He will know that Big Foot is weak against counter strikes.
The odds makers over at the BetDSI Sportsbook also favor Cain; check out the UFC betting odds below:
ANTONIO SILVA +290
CAIN VELASQUEZ -390