Champion Cain Velasquez retained his title with a first-round KO over 'Big Foot' Silva
Cain Velasquez A
Velasquez made short work of his opponent, so it is hard to truly give him a grade. But the champ was able to make adjustments after failing on two takedown attempts, and simply stood with ‘Big Foot’ Silva and earned a TKO for his efforts. According to reports, Velasquez next fight will be a trilogy matchup against Junior dos Santos.
Junior dos Santos A
Dos Santos showed us what we already knew, but didn’t mind seeing again—extreme punching power. The man has brutal knockout power and this time it was not just in his hands. The former champ was able to knock out Mark Hunt with a beautiful spinning heel-kick. The former champ earned himself a ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus and looks ready to challenge Velasquez later this year.
TJ Grant B+
Grant took a few hard shots from Gray Maynard during the opening minute of their fight, but was able to weather the storm and knockout the former title contender in the first round. According to UFC President Dana White, Grant will be next in line to face lightweight champ Benson Henderson
Glover Teixeira B+
Glover Teixeira didn’t even break a sweat during his first-round submission victory over James Te Huna. The hard-hitting Brazilian is currently riding an 18-fight win streak and is probably a fight or two away from a title shot at light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Teixeira looked a bit conservative at the beginning of the bout and exchanged strikes with Te Huna cautiously, but was able to earn a post-fight bonus for ‘Submission of the Night’.
Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva C
‘Big Foot’ did much better against Cain Velasquez this time around, but that is not saying much, since he was mauled into a bloody mess the first time they fought. During the post-fight press conference Silva complained about the early stoppage and about supposed illegal blows to the back of the head. The truth is that “Big Foot’ is a loveable underdog who is just not an elite heavyweight.
Gray Maynard F
Gray Maynard has battled injuries over the last few years, but hasn’t really looked good since the opening round of the second Frankie Edgar fight. There was a lot of hype around Gray entering his fight with TJ Grant, but maybe its time to admit that he simply isn’t a top-tier lightweight.