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Kevin Iole: Cain Velasquez TKO3 Big Foot Silva — I believe Silva will be more competitive and won’t make the mistake he made last time. But as the fight goes on, it swings even more in Velasquez’s favor, given his vastly superior cardio. I expect him to slowly wear Silva down and stop him around the fight’s midpoint.
Maggie Hendricks: Cain Velasquez W5 Antonio Silva –Velasquez has better wrestling and better cardio than Silva, and it will pay off as he defends his belt.
Cagereader: 92 percent of Cagereaders said Cain Velasquez will win.
Cain has to much heart unless you knock him out he’s not going! And Big Foot doesn’t deserve another shot yet anyway!! — Michael Gabbard
Kevin Iole: Junior dos Santos Sub1 Mark Hunt — Junior would be a fool to stand and trade with Hunt. I think he’ll look to get it to the ground and finish it there.
Maggie Hendricks: Junior dos Santos W3 Mark Hunt — JDS has the footwork to exhaust Hunt and wear him down.
Cagereader: 68 percent of Cagereaders said Junior dos Santos will win.
Dos Santos will use superior speed and footwork to outclass Hunt. Too much credibility is given to Hunts striking because of the mythological “K1 Striker” label. Truth be told, he won that title with technically sound striking with a lot of power, not exceptionally good striking. Most of his wins in MMA have had nothing to do with his savvy striking but his chin and insane power. Honestly thought those who don’t think Dos Santos is on another level with his speed and footwork are lying to themselves aside from Cain who has touched him? I know this logic isn’t very sound but it took Hunt a while to put away Struve, and JDS took less than a minute and the logic truly is his speed, timing, and explosive nature outweigh the punchers chance Hunt brings to the table. It will be a pick apart clinic Hunt swinging at air getting battered by a fighter who will dart in and out like a heavyweight Machida. — John Hensley
Kevin Iole: T.J. Grant W3 Gray Maynard — More of a hunch than anything, but Grant has been on a roll and he might catch Maynard looking past him.
Maggie Hendricks: Gray Maynard W3 T.J. Grant — Maynard is very good at neutralizing his opponents’ skill.
Cagereaders: 83 percent of Cagereaders think Maynard will win.
Maynard is going to use lay and pray to get his title shot. I see a boring fight ahead. Maynard via decision. — Christopher Walder
Kevin Iole: Glover Teixeira TKO3 James Te Huna — It will be tougher than expecrted, but Teixeira’s varied game will win out in the end.
Maggie Hendricks: Glover Teixeira TKO2 James Te Huna — It’s been an impressive start in the UFC for Teixeira, and that won’t stop on Saturday. His power will be on display.
Cagereaders: 76 percent of Cagereaders think Teixeira will take it.
The well-rounded skill set and chin will allow him to weather the storm, get Te Huna to the ground and grind him out. — John Hensley
Kevin Iole: Donald Cerrone W3 K.J. Noons — It should be an explosive fight, but if Cerrone remains under control, he’ll handle Noons.
Maggie Hendricks: Donald Cerrone W3 KJ Noons — Cerrone will be looking to come back after his loss to Anthony Pettis.
Cagereaders: 87 percent of Cagereaders say Donald Cerrone will win.
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