MENU
#Conor McGregor #UFC 216 #GSP #Tony Ferguson #Fight Night Rotterdam #Darren Till #Nate Diaz #Kevin Lee #Michael Bisping #Nick Diaz #Donald Cerrone #Robbie Lawler


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/MMAjunkie.com 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.

Galleries

Junior Dos Santos Fights

  • 5 months ago
  • 1146 views

Mark Hunt Fights

  • a year ago
  • 2239 views

Comments

Show Comments

Related News

Relive Fabricio Werdum's UFC 180 KO of Mark Hunt (Fight Flashback) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 18 days ago
  • 30 views

Watch Fabricio Werdum defeat Mark Hunt for the UFC heavyweight interim title at UFC 180. read news >>

Mark Hunt Rips Dana White in Profanity-Laced Instagram After UFC Sydney Removal

  • 8 days ago
  • 12 views

Mark Hunt issued an expletive-filled message to UFC President Dana White after the heavyweight fighter was removed from the UFC Fight Night show in Sydney, Australia, on Nov. 19. Hunt's message to Wh read news >>

Mark Hunt Blasts Dana White and the UFC After Being Pulled from UFC Fight Night in Australia | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 666 views

Mark Hunt knows exactly why he was pulled from the UFC Fight Night card in Australia although his excuse most likely doesn't jive with the reasons the promotion gave him the hook. On Tuesday, Hunt wa read news >>

UFC cites 'medical concerns,' pulls Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night 121 in favor of Fabricio Werdum

  • 8 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC officials today announced that Mark Hunt will no longer compete in the promotions’s return to Australia.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White Claims He's Only Saving Mark Hunt from Himself | MMAWeekly.com

  • 6 days ago
  • 168 views

Dana White says he yanked Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night headliner to save him from himself. read news >>

Twitter Mailbag: UFC's decision to sideline Mark Hunt against his will is a tricky one

  • 6 days ago
  • 15 views

Can the UFC sideline a fighter for writing about symptoms of brain trauma? What precedent does that set? That and more in Twitter Mailbag.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Dana White: Pulling Mark Hunt from UFC Sydney Was to Protect Him from Himself

  • 6 days ago
  • 14 views

UFC President Dana White told TMZ Sports on Thursday the company decided to remove Mark Hunt from its event in Sydney next month as a medical precaution. "Sometimes, you gotta protect these guys from read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Steps into UFC Main Event in Sydney, Mark Hunt Erupts Over Being Pulled | MMAWeekly.com

  • 8 days ago
  • 38 views

Three days removed from his most recent fight and Fabricio Werdum has already been booked for his next trip to the Octagon. Following a quick submission win over late notice replacement Walt Harris a read news >>

No rush for UFC 216's Mara Romero Borella as she savors stunning short-notice debut

  • 8 days ago
  • 25 views

For Mara Romero Borella, a more than 2-1 underdog coming into her last-minute UFC debut, the first-round submission over Kalindra Faria was a dream come true. But give her a minute before she figures read news >>

Gegard Mousasi enjoying added freedom with Bellator after 'hard road' with UFC

  • 6 days ago
  • 54 views

Gegard Mousasi has yet to make his Bellator debut, but already he has glowing reviews for the promotion opposed to his run with the UFC.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>