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UFC 160: Mark Hunt vs. Junior Dos Santos Official

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Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

It’s official: Mark Hunt will challenge Junior Dos Santos at UFC 160.

Originally, Alistair Overeem was booked to face JDS, but an injury suffered during training camp forced him off the card. Now, Pride veteran Hunt will get the chance to go toe-to-toe with the former heavyweight champion.

It appears the conversation between Mark Hunt and Dana White went well, as this is a huge opportunity for Hunt. If he is able to come out victorious, then he is next in line for a title shot against the winner of Cain Velasquez‘ rematch against Antonio Silva on the same card.  Hunt is currently on a four-fight winning streak, showing that he has what it takes to compete with the best in the UFC.

In his last performance, Hunt was able to get an impressive TKO against Stefan Struve in the third round. What’s remarkable is how Hunt didn’t get submitted despite going to the ground with Struve on several occasions.  He’s never had the best ground game, but it appears his work with American Top Team is paying off.

Dos Santos is coming off a brutal loss to Velasquez, where Cain was able to dictate the pace of the fight in each of the five round, even taking JDS down on several occasions. JDS showed heart, however, and didn’t get finished despite taking a pounding. A win over Hunt would certainly put him right up there with the best, and he could very well challenge for the title again if he is able to defeat Hunt in decisive fashion.