In an upcoming title fight significantly lacking buzz among MMA fans, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defends his belt against Antonio Silva at UFC 160.
Only one year ago, Velasquez dominated Silva, battering the Brazilian and cruising to a first-round technical knockout victory. When the two fighters square off again on May 25, MMA fans have no reason to believe the rematch will have a different outcome.
This lopsided bout is one of a string of poor title fight matchups headlining major events in 2013.
At UFC 159, Jon Jones had no trouble putting away an over-matched Chael Sonnen in the first round of their light heavyweight title fight. Sonnen, who typically fights at middleweight, had little to offer the champion and went out in anticlimactic fashion while covering up against the cage forcing the referee to stop the fight.
Later this year, at UFC 162, Anderson Silva is scheduled to defend his belt against Chris Weidman in another fight in which the challenger would appear greatly over-matched. Although Weidmen is on an impressive nine-fight winning streak to begin his MMA career, he has not been tested against a top contender. In fact, Weidman’s most impressive victory is over Mark Munoz, who is only the No. 7 ranked UFC middleweight.
Silva is expected to quickly dispatch his inexperienced opponent. Weidman, with only three knockouts in his MMA career, lacks finishing power and does not have the speed or footwork to match Silva.
Fortunately, a quick finish by Silva will set the champion up for a super fight with either Jones or George St. Pierre. After all, fans deserve a fight of that magnitude after sitting through this string of underwhelming title fights.