Mark Hunt Agrees to Face Junior dos Santos in Heavyweight Co-Headliner at UFC 160
won’t have to wait for Alistair
to get healthy before he fights again.
Hunt has agreed to square off with the former heavyweight
champion at UFC
160 on May 25. MMAFighting.com initially reported the matchup
on Saturday morning, and promotion officials later confirmed the
pairing. UFC 160 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title tilt between Cain
Velasquez and Antonio
Earlier this week, dos Santos was left without an opponent at the
event when Alistair
Overeem withdrew from the bout due to injury. While Hunt’s name
was a popular choice as a replacement, UFC President Dana White
revealed via Twitter that “The Super Samoan” had turned down the
fight. Within a span of a couple days, things apparently changed
Hunt and I just got off the phone and had a GREAT
conversation!!” White tweeted on Friday.
Hunt has been on a roll since losing to Sean
McCorkle in his UFC debut. The New Zealand native has won four
straight inside the Octagon, most recently knocking out Stefan
Struve in the third round of their UFC on Fuel TV 8 encounter.
Hunt has also defeated Chris
Tuchscherer, Ben Rothwell
and Cheick Kongo
during his tenure with the promotion.
Dos Santos suffered his first loss in 10 Octagon appearances this
past December, relinquishing the heavyweight crown to Velasquez in
a five-round verdict at UFC 155. Known for his precise boxing,
“Cigano,” captured the title with a first-round knockout of
Velasquez at UFC on Fox 1. The Brazilian defended the strap once,
stopping Frank Mir in
the second round at UFC 146.
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