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Mark Hunt vs. Junior dos Santos official for UFC 160 | UFC News

Two of the hardest hitting heavyweights will collide at UFC 160, as it was announced today that Mark Hunt (9-7 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will meet former champion Junior dos Santos (15-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) in the evenings co-main event.

Earlier this week, Alistair Overeem (36-12 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pulled out of the highly anticipated fight with dos Santos due to a thigh injury. That news was followed by a phone call between Hunt and UFC president Dana White and 24 hours later, UFC 160 once again has a very intriguing heavyweight co-main event.

Hunt came into the UFC on the heels of a five-fight losing skid, which he aquired while competing for the Dream and Pride organizations of Japan. His octagon debut came at UFC 119, where Hunt was quickly submitted in the first round by Sean McCorkle.

Hunts bad luck would finally break at UFC 127, when he stopped Chris Tuchscerer with a one punch KO to earn “knockout of the night” honors. Hunt then outpointed Ben Rothwell at UFC 135 and followed that up by stopping Cheick Kongo in the first round at UFC 144 in Japan.

Most recently, the “Super Samoan” scored a brutal KO win over heavyweight contender Stefan Struve at this past months UFC on FUEL TV “Stann vs Silva” event. Hunt, who is known for his willingness to take a punch to throw one, walked through Struve’s punches that night to land a clean shot to the 7-footers chin. That punch earned Hunt another “KO of the night” bonus and left the Dutchman with a broken jaw.

Meanwhile, Junior dos Santos will fight for the first time since losing his heavyweight title to Cain Velasquez in a rematch this past December at UFC 155. The loss to Velasquez snapped a 10-fight win streak for JDS and marked his first defeat inside the octagon.

Junior had won the title by defeating Velasquez back at UFC on FOX 1 with a brutal first-round knockout. He followed that up by successfully defending the belt against former champion Frank Mir at UFC 146.

UFC 160 takes place May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following the prelims on FX and Facebook. In the evenings main event, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will defend his title against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a remacth from last year.


0 Responses to “Mark Hunt vs. Junior dos Santos official for UFC 160 | UFC News”

  1. BB says:

    hunt is going to win dos santos cant do anything to him

  2. DEE says:

    He just came out of a war with Struve and that faggot Dana manipulated him into signing up for this fight. It’s an interesting match up, but I don’t like the way it all went down. The promoter should be representing the fighter not defaming his name.

  3. GRT 3000 says:

    YES! I like both these dudes, but have to go with Hunt, based on what he`s done for the sport and how he`s still doing it at a top level. amazing.

  4. 123 says:

    mark hunt is a tough man but junior dos santos will probably destroy him.. love to see roy nelson fight mark hunt.

  5. Dddddddd says:

    Wow I don’t want to see either of these giants fall. The way Jr is seen after his loss reminds how easily people can be swayed by a bad nite. Jr wins decisively everytime and can’t say that about Hunt. I don’t think Hunt will have the speed or footwork to bring Jr. down.
    I hate to sound stupid enough to call a fight but Jrs winning by a unanimous.

    • hendoooo says:

      I agree with you, both of these fighters are patient and won’t look to slug it out. I think Junior is slightly faster and fitter, so he SHOULD win the rounds pretty comfortably but Hunt is no slowpoke either, hes a smart striker and has amazing head movement. Could go either way but I’m leaning towards a JDS victory, maybe JDS will come out firing because of his loss, who knows.

  6. KIDD433 says:

    @dddddd This fight could go either way on the feet,but 1 place it ain’t going is descision

  7. Samuel Eessshh says:

    JDS boxing is overated an olympic boxer (still amateur) gave it too him. . This fight could go both ways whoerver lands first could even end it. . This wont be easy for either camps but i go Mark Hunt by KO hes got GREAT boxing nd knockout power. .

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