UFC 160 comes to us this weekend from Las Vegas, Nevada with a headliner of Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez defending his title in a rematch against Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva. The main card is stacked, and the preliminary card has a good bit of main card talent ion it as well, as the UFC delivers one of it’s stronger cards of the year.
Rick Story is a fighter who looked bound for the top a little while back, but a 2-3 record in his last 5 fights has taken some of the wind out of his sails. Right now, Story is favored at (-160) over Mike Pyle, who comes back at (+130). Pyle is a tough out in his own right. How long has Mike Pyle been around? He made his debut back in 1999 against Quinton Jackson, who was also debuting. At 37, Pyle has a modest winning streak going and could use the win.
Another interesting undercard bout pits Bantamweights Brian Bowles as he faces George Roop. Bowles is favored at (-280) with the return on Roop at (+220). Bowles is a former WEC Champion at 135 lbs, but it has been 18 months since we last saw him, in a losing effort facing Uriah Faber. Bowles has reportedly healed from an assortment of injuries and Roop, an average veteran with a 13-9 record, would seem to be a favorable return match for him. Roop comes with a wrinkle however, as he is a very tall 6’1 for the 135 lb weight class, and beating Bowles would send a signal that maybe Roop has found his home.
Another undercard bout that bears watching is in the lightweight division where Khabib Nurmagomedov is a (+280) favorite over Abel Trujillo (+220). Trujillo is on a solid five fight winning streak which includes winning his UFC debut, but he is facing a guy who comes with the ‘protege’ label in Nurmagomedov. The young Russian is just 24 years old, but he sports an unblemished record of 19-0. The Russian is expected to keep his streak alive and earn himself an upgrade in opponent quality the next time we see him.