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