“UFC Tonight” co-hosts Chael Sonnen and Kenny Florian offered up their predictions on this Saturday’s UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Bigfoot 2 event earlier this week. FightLine will be providing staff predictions, as well, Friday evening.
In the main event, Cain Velasquez will defend his UFC heavyweight title against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. Velasquez previously defeated Silva via TKO last year.
Also, Junior dos Santos will try to get back on track when he faces Mark Hunt in the co-main event. Below are Sonnen and Florian’s picks for those two fights.
Chael Sonnen on Velasquez-Bigfoot:
“In this fight, the biggest thing Bigfoot needs to do is make things difficult. If he gets taken down, he can’t just fall down – he’s got to make it really hard. Ultimately, it’s going to be a closer fight than it was the first time but Cain leaves with the strap.”
Kenny Florian on Velasquez-Bigfoot:
“I think Cain Velasquez gets it done. He’s just too aggressive and fast. His wrestling skill will be the big difference.”
Sonnen on dos Santos-Hunt:
“I think Junior Dos Santos is going to win, but his grappling isn’t going to do it. He’s actually going to out-point and out-strike Mark Hunt on their feet.”
Florian on dos Santos-Hunt:
“Mark Hunt can knock anybody out. His leaping left hook is as deadly of a technique as we’ve seen in the UFC. We may very well see Junior dos Santos revert to an offensive ground game. If I’m Junior dos Santos’ coach, I’d say take Mark Hunt down, and don’t trade with him, that’s going to be too dangerous.”