Cain Velasquez will defend his heavyweight title in a rematch against Antonio (Bigfoot) Silva in the main event at UFC 160 on May 25 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White confirmed.
Velasquez (12-1) and Silva (18-4) first met at UFC 146 last May where Velasquez made quick work of the Brazilian, cutting him open with an elbow and pounding out a TKO win just 3:36 into round one.
The champion is coming off a five-round unanimous decision win over Junior dos Santos at UFC 155 where he reclaimed the title he lost to dos Santos 13 months earlier.
Silva meanwhile is riding high after two consecutive knockout wins, the latest being a highlight reel KO of feared striker Alistair Overeem at UFC 156 earlier this month. Before the Overeem KO, Silva bounced back from his loss to Velasquez by knocking out Travis Browne in October.
In the co-main event, dos Santos (15-2) and Overeem (36-12, 1 NC) will meet in a grudge match. The two were originally scheduled to headline the all-heavyweight pay-per-view main card at UFC 146 last year, but Overeem tested for high levels of testosterone and was suspended. The two men have been trash talking back and forth for over a year.
Like all of the UFC’s annual Memorial Day weekend events, UFC 160 will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
No other bouts have been added to the card as of yet.