UFC 160 is slowly shaping up to be yet another stacked Memorial Day weekend card as top-10 light-heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader are slated to meet at the May 25 event in Las Vegas.
Teixeira (20-2) improved to 3-0 in the UFC with a unanimous-decision win over Quinton (Rampage) Jackson at UFC on FOX 6 on Jan. 26. It was only the fourth fight of Teixeira’s 11-year career that went the distance. Prior to his win over Rampage, Teixeira, who is on a 17-fight win streak, forced a doctor’s stoppage of Fabio Maldonado at UFC 153 and submitted Kyle Kingsbury with an arm triangle at UFC 146.
Bader (15-3) is coming off a Submission of the Night performance with a first-round guillotine choke of Vladimir Matyushenko on the same FOX card at which Teixeira beat Rampage. It took Bader just 50 seconds to submit Matyushenko, who had never been submitted in his 16-year MMA career.
Bader’s only losses have come to fighters who at one point were or would later become UFC champions (Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz).
A lightweight bout between Donald Cerrone and former Strikeforce star K.J. Noons has also been added to UFC 160.
Cerrone (19-5, 1 NC) looks to rebound from a TKO loss to Anthony Pettis on Jan. 26, while Noons (11-6) will attempt to snap a two-fight losing streak.
Noons, the former EliteXC lightweight champion, has lost four of his last five bouts, but his latest loss — a split decision to Ryan Couture at the final Strikeforce event on Jan. 13 — was considered highly controversial.
UFC 160 is headlined by a heavyweight-title fight between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Silva and also features a co-main event of Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem.