Dana White: “Mark Hunt Could Earn Title Shot With a KO of JDS” | UFC NEWS
Following the UFC 158 pre-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White told a group of reporters that Mark Hunt may not be too far from a shot at the heavyweight title. “It’s crazy to say,” said White, “but if he knocks Junior Dos Santos out, how is this guy not next in line?”
Hunt is coming off an impressive victory over Stefan Struve in which he broke the Dutch fighter’s jaw with a left hook. That was his fourth consecutive win following a shaky 6-fight losing streak including his fights in Pride and his UFC debut. The drastic turn-around for Hunt has gathered the New Zealand fighter a lot of support from MMA fans worldwide.
His next fight will be against former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos, at UFC 160 on May 25 in Las Vegas, NV. Dos Santos was slated to fight Alistair Overeem in a highly anticipated heavyweight showdown, but an injury forced Overeem to pull out of the fight. There was some drama in finalizing the matchup, but White and Hunt were able to discuss some of Hunt’s disagreements and ultimately come to terms. Hunt and JDs are set now to fight in what promises to be a heavy-hitting fight that many predict will not see all three rounds.
UFC 160 will be headlined by a rematch between Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and current UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.