Mark Hunt will oppose Junior dos Santos in the UFC 160 co-main event. | Photo: Taro Irei/Sherdog.com
As soon as an injured Alistair Overeem stepped out of his UFC 160 co-main event with Junior dos Santos, the masses began to clamor for Mark Hunt as his replacement. Apparently, the parties involved were listening. Hunt has agreed to lock horns with the former heavyweight champion on May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by the American Kickboxing Academy’s Cain Velasquez, as he puts his heavyweight crown on the line in a rematch with Antonio Silva.
Dos Santos suffered his first defeat in 10 Octagon appearances in December, when he relinquished the heavyweight championship to Velasquez in a one-sided unanimous decision defeat. The 28-year-old Brazilian burst on the scene in October 2008 with an upset over Fabricio Werdum and soon emerged as one of the world’s premier heavyweights.
Hunt has been on a tear since submitting to Sean McCorkle in his promotional debut at UFC 119. The 2001 World Grand Prix winner has rattled off four consecutive wins inside the Octagon, including a violent knockout of Dutchman Stefan Stuve in the third round of their UFC on Fuel TV 8 co-headliner on March 2.
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