UFC 160: Mark Hunt Thinks Dos Santos Will “Try to Take the Fight to the Mat”

May 13, 2013 9:36 am by bjpenn.com staff 9 Comments


Mark Hunt and Junior Dos Santos are set to fight at UFC 160 in what promises to be an exciting battle between two high-level strikers- only Mark Hunt believes that Dos Santos won’t be willing to exchange punches and kicks on the feet for long.


Mark Hunt (9-7) is riding an impressive 4-fight win streak, most recently defeating Stefan Struve in the 3rd round via TKO.  Former UFC heavyweight champion, Junior Dos Santos (15-2), was supposed to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 160 until an injury forced “The Reem” to pull out of the fight.  The UFC asked Hunt, who is a crowd favorite with his recent UFC success, to fill in for Overeem.  In a recent UFC pre-fight interview, Hunt gave his opinion on his fight with Dos Santos.


“I do think he’s going to try to take the fight to the mat once he realizes that I have a huge aresenal,” said Hunt about Dos Santos.  For Hunt, despite showing tremendous growth in his ground skills in his fight against Stefan Struve, a ground fight increases his chance for defeat.  Nevertheless, the New Zealand native is confident in his abilities.


“He was a world champion, but we’re at the top level.  I’ve been fighting at the top level my whole career… At the top level I’ve taken on the best fighters.  I can defeat Junior Dos Santos.”


If he can defeat Dos Santos in impressive fashion, UFC President Dana White has already said that Hunt could receive a title shot.


“It’s the pinnacle for any fighter, to be world champion or to fight for it.  The opportunity is what I’ve always wanted.  And the opportunity is what I need.  If I beat Junior Dos Santos, then yes, I will fight for the world title.”


Be sure to check out Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160 on May 25, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.  Headlining the UFC 160 card will be the heavyweight title fight between champ Cain Velasquez and challenger Antonio Silva.

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