LAS VEGAS – Despite facing an opponent who could take more punishment than any mere mortal, Junior dos Santos earned a highlight-reel knockout and likely cinched a shot at the heavyweight title he recently ceded to Cain Velasquez.

Dos Santos threw the first wheel kick of his career and stopped the iron-jawed Mark Hunt late in the third round of their title eliminator.

The heavyweight bout was the co-main event of today’s UFC 160 event at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.

By most standards, dos Santos would have stopped the bout in the first round when he clubbed Hunt with the same overhand right he used to knock out Velasquez at UFC on FOX 1 in November 2011. But “The Super Samoan” simply recovered to his feet, and the two settled into a slugfest.

As the fight progressed, however, dos Santos’ speed and length thwarted Hunt’s best efforts to put his heavy hands to use. A few times, Hunt managed to get inside with a left hook, but he frequently took jabs and body shots before he could set up combinations.

Dos Santos had no trouble taking Hunt down in the second and establishing dominant position.

The former champ also was the fresher man as the fight went into the third round. Hunt’s mouth hung open as he pressed forward, while dos Santos kept him at bay.

A left-right combination staggered Hunt late in the third, and then dos Santos let fly a wheel kick that clipped the top of Hunt’s head, sending him falling to the mat like a tree.

Dos Santos leapt over the cage and celebrated his win with UFC executives Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta as well as Mike Tyson, who sat cageside.

The impressive victory earns the Brazilian a shot at Velasquez, who beat him via decision at UFC 155 to retake the title he lost at UFC on FOX in late 2011.

Dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who’s ranked No. 2 in the USA Today Sports/ MMA heavyweight rankings, has lost but once in the octagon, while Hunt (9-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who was ranked No. 9, sees his Cinderella story come to an end after a four-fight win streak.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 160 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 160, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

John Morgan and Matt Erickson contributed to this report on-site in Las Vegas.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt reveals childhood of horrific abuse, torture in new book 'Born to Fight'

  • 7 days ago

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Mark Hunt has often stated that fighting saved his life. But after taking a peek at a few excerpts from his new memoir, "Born to Fight," it seems "Sup read news >>

UFC Fight Night 75's Roy Nelson on facing Josh Barnett: 'It's probably the scariest time to fight the guy'

  • 11 days ago

"Big Country" takes on "Warmaster" in a tussle of big, Heavyweight brutes. Roy Nelson might be approaching the age of 40, but he has no plans of slowing down. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) read news >>

Big Country is Big in Japan

  • 14 days ago

After his first business trip to Japan last year ended up with a loss to Mark Hunt, Roy Nelson decided to switch things up a bit this time around as he prepares to face Josh Barnett at Saitama read news >>

5 Rounds with Jonathan Snowden: The Best and Worst of Bellator Dynamite 1

  • 17 days ago

Bellator President Scott Coker may be facing potentially insurmountable odds in his battle with the UFC—but he's not willing to go down without a fight. Coker is pulling out every promotional trick i read news >>

Chael Sonnen says he's facing Josh Barnett in Metamoris

  • 23 days ago

Chael Sonnen, who debuts this Friday night as an announcer for the World Series of Fighting, announced on Monday that he would be facing Josh Barnett in a Metamoris submission grappling match later t read news >>

Holly Holm: Facing Ronda Rousey sooner 'can be a lot better' than waiting four months

  • 26 days ago

Holly Holm spent about four hours working on the logistics of her training camp and travel schedule with her coaches, husband and manager two weeks ago. Holm's team was trying to figure out the best read news >>

Andrei Arlovski Expects to Make UFC Return As Early as December

  • 26 days ago

At first he was facing a six-month suspension for injury, but Andrei Arlovski is apparently ready to go in half the time. read news >>

Andrei Arlovski not injured, ready for next UFC fight as early as December

  • 27 days ago

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski was facing a possible six-month suspension for damage incurred in his UFC 191 pay-per-view (PPV) fight opposite Frank read news >>

UFC 193: Mark Hunt 'down to party' with Fedor Emelianenko, but won't lose 'Emperor' rematch

  • 28 days ago

Despite rumors indicating that Fedor Emelianenko signed a contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), promotion president Dana White dismissed that notion during the recent "Go Big " press co read news >>

The MMA Hour - 297 - Mark Hunt

  • 29 days ago

Mark Hunt will discuss his new book, "Born to Fight," as well as his UFC 193 rematch against Antonio Silva. read news >>