The UFC 146 card is looking almost completely revamped with Dana White‘s recent twitter announcement that Cain Velasquez will be taking on Antonio ‘BigFoot’ Silva in one of the co-main events of the May 26th card scheduled for Las Vegas, Nevada. Give the UFC credit, it is a difficult match up for both men, and with both coming off whitewash losses in their last outings, there is pressure on both guys. Unlike the new main event of Frank Mir and Junior Dos Santos which should see the defending champion Dos Santos heavily favored, this one is going to be a difficult fight to pick.
Silva is big and strong, but as we saw in his last outing in Strikeforce against Daniel Cormier, he is also a bit slow and may have a suspect chin.
In hios last outing. Velasquez got caught by Dos Santos and dropped as well, so he is not going to want to get hit by Silva. For all his pedigree, Velasquez is a smaller heavyweight, and he will likely be about 30 to 40 lbs smaller than Silva come fight time.
If you can watch Silva’s marquee performance, when he beat Fedor Emilianenko, that fight may offer a blueprint of how ‘Bigfoot’ could fight Velasquez. Because of speed issues, SIlva is going to want to close the distance. Fedor and Velasquez are very different fighters, but they are smaller and though the takedowns are different, Silva is going to want to avoid being under Velasquez like he did with Fedor.
Silva has to be heavy and apply pressure, and most of all, like he did with Fedor, he has to start doing damage to Velasquez right away.
As for Velasquez, I think he will look to box first, maintain a distance and see if he can catch Silva. He has to avoid getting caught up against the fence, and he has to control where the fight is happening. IF Velasquez has to get Silva down, he must put him on his back and ground and pound him into oblivion.
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