One of the advantages that Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva had when he beat Alistair Overeem at the UFC 156 Pay Per View this past February is that his ability was severely underestimated. Silva had lost consecutive fights to Daniel Cormier and UFC Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez via first-round knockout before bouncing back with a first-round knockout win of his own versus Travis Browne, but there weren’t many MMA sports betting fans that thought he had much of a chance against Overeem. That included Overeem himself, who took far too many punches in the fight and eventually went down in a knockout loss. Silva earned a second title shot with that third-round knockout win, but the story will be much different heading in to UFC 156 this weekend. Velasquez will not underestimate Silva’s abilities as he looks to successfully defend his title in the rematch between these heavyweight monsters.
One of the reasons Velasquez will not overlook what Silva brings to the Octagon is because he understands the danger of fighting an opponent with that much power. Velasquez was caught by Junior Dos Santos in the opening round of their UFC Heavyweight title fight back at a UFC on Fox event in September of 2012, and learned an important lesson in that live betting bout. Velasquez had never lost to that point in his career, but it was important to get that first knockout defeat out of the way to understand the power he has to deal with in every fight within this division. Velasquez has since reeled off consecutive wins over Silva and Dos Santos in order to take his title back, and does not want to give it up again.
Velasquez did an excellent job of controlling his initial bout with Silva, getting in and out of his strikes without taking too many blows in defense. All it takes at this level is one punch, and with Silva scoring 13 of his 18-career wins via knockout it is clear that he has the potential to end a fight with a single blow. Silva is also considered to be the better wrestler, so standing up with him may be the better option in this online sports betting fight. The advantage that Velasquez has is that he is both quicker and more accurate, which allows him to do his thing without leaving himself vulnerable.
The main betting on sports card for UFC 160 seems to have been designed with knockout wins in mind, as the event is built with fighters that have a ton of power and a ton of knockouts on their resumes. Velasquez will have no problem being one of those fighters that scores a knockout win, as long as he defends his title and can move on. There is no chance the UFC Heavyweight will underestimate what Silva brings to the Octagon, and that is a big part of why he is the favorite to win this main event fight. For all of the latest MMA news and betting odds for UFC 160 and other events, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.