The UFC returns to Las Vegas for its annual Memorial Day Weekend fight card.
This year it has been stacked with five heavyweight fights on Pay-Per-View, which has never been done before. Injuries have completely changed the fight card since the beginning, but it still promises to be a great night of fights commencing with the heavyweight title on the line in the main event.
Dos Santos vs. Mir
Junior Dos Santos comes into this fight as a -500 or higher favorite, and rightfully so. He is a terrible stylistic matchup for Frank Mir and should be able to dispose of him quickly. It’s definitely not the anticipated Overeem/Dos Santos title fight, but Mir has name value, and is a previous champion.
Other than that he brings nothing to the table against Dos Santos. It will be a win for Mir if he can get out of the first round. Pick: Dos Santos by TKO.
Silva vs. Velasquez
This is Cain Valasquez’s first fight since losing his heavyweight title to Dos Santos, while Antonio Silva is making his UFC debut. Cain is currently sitting around -375 and can pretty much dictate where this fight takes place with his elite wrestling.
Valasquez will have a huge speed advantage over Silva, and the power is pretty even. The difference will be Cain’s ability to press forward knowing he can decide to plant Silva on his back at any time. Pick: Velasquez by TKO.
Herman vs. Nelson
This is an interesting fight that has come together with the injuries that have happened. Dave Herman is a very athletic, but undersized heavyweight. Roy Nelson is out of shape, but has the best chin in MMA.
Both are coming in off losses and I believe if Herman can go hard for three rounds he has the advantage. Nelson has been struggling of late and I think it continues. This is a very live dog at +180. Pick: Herman by decision.
On the undercard I really like Barboza to continue his run towards the lightweight title with a knockout of Jamie Varner.
I like Miocic in the battle of heavyweight prospects, and give the nod to Brandao and Teixeira in their official UFC debuts.
Three of the prelim fights will be streamed live on the UFC Facebook page, and four more will be aired live on FX ahead of the PPV.