FHM Nation, UFC 166 is this Sunday, October 20 (Manila time)! Has the resident sports guy in your office started making bets and talking trash against your idol? Hinamon ka na ba ng Big Mac? These days, P200 will hurt you more than you think, so before you take him up on his challenge, it's best you read our primer first...
So what will happen in the highly-anticipated rubber match between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos, the highly touted co-main event between future contenders Daniel Cormier and Roy Nelson, and the must-see bakbakan between die-hard fighters Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez? Scroll down to proceed!
CAIN VELASQUEZ vs. JUNIOR DOS SANTOS
Before you place your bets, know this: Both Cain and Junior own a win over the other, but the reasons why they won are still being debated. Team Velasquez claims that Cain's five-round decimation of Junior at their rematch in UFC 155 is proof of his superiority over the Brazilian, but Team Dos Santos insists that Junior's flash TKO of Cain in their first fight at UFC on Fox is pretty much self-explanatory. To further reinforce their claims, the usually-reserved and respectful heavyweights have since started talking trash toward each other. Their first two fights might not have seemed a personal clash, but that's about to change this Sunday.
To those who are betting on Velasquez: Cain is a very precise striker (he has a 57.84 percent career striking accuracy), but he is particularly exceptional at grappling and ground and pound (Antonio Silva, Cheick Kongo, and JDS are his notable victims). It can be argued that his TKO loss to Dos Santos was a result of a torn rotator cuff on his right shoulder, but it would be a brutal mistake to discount Junior's punching power either.
To those who are betting on Dos Santos: Junior is highly capable of knocking out bigger heavyweights with a single haymaker (Hola Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum!), and he takes pride in being extra aggressive in the stand-up. He is also one of the most talented boxers in the UFC, and arguably the best in his division. He is however prone to pre-match injuries (torn meniscus ahead of UFC on Fox, rhabdomyolysis ahead of UFC 155, facial laceration ahead of UFC 166), so you might want to make sure he's in tip-top shape before you bet on him.