Commentary

Enticing title bouts loom post-160

Originally Published: April 29, 2013
By Josh Gross | ESPN.com

Memorial Day weekend cards generally deliver an entertaining show for the UFC. The heavyweight championship event on Saturday at the MGM Grand did so and more.

There's time, of course, to dwell on the results (we'll do that in a few paragraphs) but with UFC 160 slipping away in the rearview mirror, the general attitude will soon be to focus on what's ahead.

As the first half of 2013 comes to a close, we can now expect the year to include fight No. 3 between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos.

Thus far they haven't engaged in the war everyone wants, but before the third fight of the trilogy, the feeling will be that this is the right time. There's no question we're talking about the two best heavyweights in MMA. They should bring out the best in one another, so long as both fighters are healthy and prepared. If so, this should become a heavyweight championship contest that resonates with casual sports fans and does big business for the UFC.

Also, we know Benson Henderson will face a difficult and somewhat improbable test against TJ Grant. I don't think there's any doubt that Grant is a true challenge for Henderson, and I can already say I'm likely to pick the Canadian when that fight comes to pass.

All exciting stuff.

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